Community & Human Development

Community Leadership Library

The following books are available to borrow for up to 2 months at no cost by signing them out at:
Department of Community and Human Development
Neighborhood Services Division
CITY 3 – 801 Texas, 3rd Floor

To reserve call 915-212-1680 / 915-212-1692 or email

Books available:

Restoring America's Neighborhoods: How Local People Make A Difference
By Michael R. Greenberg

“What does it take to mobilize a grass-roots force dedicated to bringing new life to a decaying neighborhood? Can any one person or group successfully halt physical deterioration, drug-related crime, or the encroachment of clusters of factories, highways, and other noxious land uses? Michael Greenberg demonstrates in this book that it can and has been done against all odds.”

Public Policy making in a Democratic Society: A Guide to Civic Engagement
By Larry N. Gerston

This book “provides an overview of public policy making in all its aspects along with the basic information that will equip citizens to participate more effectively in the policy making process. It is intended as a useful handbook for service-learning students and a resource for any organized effort to involve citizens in community service and the exercise of civic responsibility.”

Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way
by Jim Diers

“Building on the lessons of early labor leaders, civil rights volunteers, and political activists, Jim diers has developed highly acclaimed strategies for community development and citizen empowerment. In Neighbor Power he offers real-life examples of how to build active, creative neighborhoods, with practical lessons in participatory democracy for ordinary, caring citizens who want to make a difference, and inspiring stories and proven programs to help government officials embrace citizen activists as true partners.”

How to Conduct Surveys
By Arlene Fink

“This book helps readers to organize a rigorous survey and evaluate the credibility of other surveys by giving them practical, step-by-step advice.”

Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times
by Paul Rogat Loeb

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I?” ---Rabbi Hillel
This quote begins the author’s introduction to Soul of a Citizen and states the basic theme of the book which calls for all of us to become actively engaged in shaping the “souls” of our neighborhoods and communities. It is down-to-earth, inspiring and offers a fresh look at some contemporary movements. Above all, Loeb writes with compassion, love and appreciation of what makes us individuals and binds us as a group.

Robert's Rules For Dummies
by C. Alan Jennings PRP

“Parliamentary procedure demystified! The fun and easy way to run your meetings and get things done.”

Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
by John P. Kretzmann and John L. Mcknight

“Communities cannot be rebuilt by focusing on their needs, problems, and deficiencies. Rather, community building starts with locating the assets, skills, and capacities of residents, citizens, civic associations and local institutions. This book was the first to introduce the concept of asset-based community development (ABCD) which is now one of the most productive approaches now being used to rebuild communities around the world.”

 Community Leadership Handbook: Framing Ideas, Building Relationships, and Mobilizing Resources
By James F. Krile

“If you want to make a difference where you live, this book is your roadmap. If you attend early and late night meetings to figure out what needs to get done, this book is your guide. If you work to involve your neighbors to solve problems, this book is your ally.”

The Great Neighborhood Book: Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking
by Jay Walljasper

“The best neighborhoods are vibrant, convivial areas that sparkle with a special sense of place. The arise not because of high real estate values and fancy architecture, but through the accomplishments of everyday people – the kind of people who are willing to seek creative answers to challenges like crime, traffic and economic vitality. People who understand the value of community connections and good public spaces.”

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World
by Michael Jacaby Brown

“Do you want to make a difference in the world? Is there a problem in your community or workplace that you want to solve? A group you believe could be more effective? A dream yu have to make a difference? This book will instruct and inspire you. Using stories and exercises from grassroots organizing experience that make the process come alive, Building Powerful Community Organizations walks you through the steps of starting and group or strengthening an old one --- to build a better world.”

The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
by John McKnight and Peter Block

“Community has a job to do. We need our neighbors and community to stay healthy, produce jobs, raise our children and care for those on the margin. Institutions and professional services have reached the limit of their ability to help us.

This book reports on voluntary, self-organizing structures that focus on gifts and value hospitality, the welcoming of strangers. It shows how to reweave our social fabric, especially in our neighborhoods. In this way we collectively have enough to create a future that works for all.”

 Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
By L. David Marquet, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired)

As a captain of the worst nuclear powered submarine in the Navy’s fleet, Captain Marquet challenged the Navy’s traditional leader-follower approach and empowered all members of his crew to assume responsibility and accountability for decisions and actions. The result was a fully engaged crew and a ship that began winning every award that the Navy offered! This is his and his crew’s story.

Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up
By Paul Schmitz

Everyone Leads is the story of Public Allies and how, over the last twenty years, it has helped develop many special community leaders. “This book is organized around a newnew definition of leadership: (1) It is an action everyone can take, not a position few hold; (2) it is about taking personal and social responsibility to work with others on common goals; and (3) it is the practice of values that engage diverse individuals and groups to work together effectively. With inspiring stories and practical examples, the author shares what it means to lead today.”

Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership: Practicing the Wisdom of Leading by Serving
By James W. Sipe and Don M. Frick

Based on the writings of Robert Greenleaf, this book provides guidance on the qualities and competencies of effective “servant-leaders” and is also a practical handbook on how to develop oneself into a successful servant leader. The book uses stories, quotes and practical exercises.

The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward
By Kevin Cashman

“We live and lead in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. But paradoxically, Kevin Cashman contends that leaders today must not merely act more quickly but pause more deeply. He details a catalytic process to guide you to step back in order to lead forward in three critical growth areas: strengthening personal leadership, developing others, and fostering cultures of innovations. You and your organization will learn to move from management speed and transaction to leadership significance and transformation.”

Rules of the Game: Lessons from the Field of Community Change
By Mark S. Homan

“Concise, empowering , and inspirational, this guidebook offers practical wisdom and 135 guidelines that demystify the community change process. You will find Mark Homan’s “outline for community change” invaluable in any setting, from grassroots organizations to government or community agencies.”

Creative Community Builder's Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts, and Culture
by Tom Borrup

“Art and culture can be a powerful catalyst for revitalizing the economic, social, and physical conditions in communities. This guide gives you successful strategies, best practices, and ‘how-to’ guidance to turn cultural gems into effective community change.”

 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't
By Jim Collins

“Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. The research team contrasted and studied the companies and analyzed their histories and discovered the key determinants of greatness ---- why some companies make the leap and others don’t.”