Books for Working Dads

I will continually update this page with links to books and articles that may be helpful for us working dads.


Stewart Friedman. Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life

  • Stew Friedman is a pioneer in work-life integration and one of my role models. His latest great book on work/life takes imparts lessons derived from Wharton’s Total Leadership program, using examples including Bruce Springteen, as well as CEOs and sports stars.

Greg Marcus. Busting Your Corporate Idol: Self-Help for the Chronically Overworked 

  • This book describes “corporate idolatry”–when people place “all-in for work” as their top priority, neglecting other aspects of their lives and provides advice on how to slowly break the habit while still attaining career success.

Brigid Schulte. Overwhelmed: Love, Work and Play When No One Has the Time

  • Feeling overwhelmed? Most of us do. This insightful and entertaining book examines this phenomenon and sparks ideas on how to regain control

Michael Lewis. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.

  • A highly entertaining look at a normal dad’s fatherhood experiences, written by perhaps the best non-fiction writer there is.

Levine & Pittinsky. Working Fathers: New Strategies for Balancing Work and Family

  • A book that balances academic research and practical advice for fathers seeking to balance work and family- including strategies for both home work.

John Badalament, The Modern Dad’s Dilemma

  • Advice and perspectives for dads trying to balance their lives and form strong emotional connections with their kids. John runs workshops and also makes films on this topic (see here for more)

Warren Farrell. Why Men Earn More: The Starling Truth Behind the Pay Gap- And What Can Be Done About It. 

  • Investigates why men typically earn more than women and concludes that it is often because men sacrifice their family roles and personal satisfaction in order to be better providers. While written to educate women on how to navigate higher-paying careers, it provides a lot to think about in terms of balancing work and family priorities.

Dwayne Wade (with Mim Eichler Rivas). A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.

  • NBA superstar Dwayne Wade’s memoir about his perilous upbringing, life in basketball, the three-year battle he fought for custody of his sons, and being a single dad. Lots of lessons in overcoming diversity and valuing fatherhood above fame and fortune.

Stephen Covey. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

  • The classic book is still, in my opinion, the best advice ever given on prioritizing one’s life so one can be as effective as possible in all of life’s most important roles.

Meers & Strober.  Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All By Sharing It All.

  • Written for working women, this book is also respectful of and acknowledges the importance and struggles of husbands and fathers balacing work and family. Advocates for shared work and family responsibilities. Right on target.

David Whyte.  The Heart Aroused: Poetry and the Preservation of Soul in Corporate America.

  • This book, written by a poet/corporate consultant examines the struggle many of us face in finding meaning and balance in our work lives. On first glance, seems a little out there, but is a great book.

Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

  • While aimed at working women, this mega-best -seller has plenty of information and implication relevant to all- men and women- trying to juggle work and family.

More to come soon.

Do you have any resources to recommend?

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