The Servant by James C. Hunter

I have to start with this book because I think it truly captures the essence of how we “should” lead! If you read this book with an open mind and free of judgement, you will find a very valuable message on the true heart of servant leadership. If I had my way; all chiefs would be required to read and apply the principles taught in this great book. True servant leadership, NOT what sounds and feels good but the hard facts of leading with a servant's heart and putting others first. It's a "give them what they need not what they want" type read.

Recommended for all ranks, highly recommended to Chief Officers

It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

This book was recommended by a mentor of mine: Atlanta Battalion Chief Hatcher. As a company officer at the time, this book served as a confirmation that out of the box thinking was a good thing. This book is very applicable to the fire service and a must read for company officers! This guy took the worst boat in the Navy and turned it to a sought after fighting machine. How he did it is VERY applicable to the fire service! If you feel that you are a lone ranger in a fight for what’s right; READ this book!

Recommended for Company Officers

Rescue Men by Charles Kenny

This book was recommended to me by my brother Andy Rivero who serves as a Captain of DeKalb’s Heavy 24. This book is an amazing tale of how no matter how big or small a department you work for, YOU can make a tremendous difference. Gritty tales of the true battle days of firefighting, history, brotherhood, and table talk make this one of my favorite "Jake" books.

Recommended for all ranks

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

A great book this is applied to your professional and personal life! This book was recommended to me by the great Don Sapp of the Georgia Fire Academy. Not only due I value this man’s integrity and faith, but I value his passion to make others better, and that's what this book does. This is a great book for those in a leadership position!

Recommended for anyone in leadership

No Easy Day by Mark Owen

My nephew, Anthony, came to me one day and said “I want to be a SEAL.” I immediately went to my book shelf and grabbed this book and advised him, "Many of us think that we are elite. Read this book and see if you’re really ready for the sacrifices to be part of this elite team." Fast forward two years and he did not pursue being a Navy SEAL, but is close to completing Special Forces training as a Coast Guard Rescue Diver. Forget the movie, READ the book!

Recommended for all ranks

Warrior Mindset by Michael J. Asken

This book breaks down the true meaning of a Warrior. I love this book because it helps you understand the complex mind of a warrior and the attributes needed to have a warrior mindset. It is pretty impressive how it breaks things down to a very logical and understandable way of life.

Recommended for all ranks

Damn Few by Rorke Denver and Ellis Henican

A majority of my library consists of Navy Seal books. I believe in a lot of their principles and their complete ownership of their craft. The title of this book says it all: the only hero is the guy at your side, NOT you.

Recommended for all ranks

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

A must read for all. This book is VERY applicable to all of us. Navy SEAL principles on having extreme ownership over everything you do. I don’t want to give too much away because I feel this book will impact everyone who reads it. It gives you daily lessons learned and their application to business. Both the military and business lesson can be applicable to us.

Recommended for all ranks