We are bombarded with news and social media every day. As a society, we’ve lost the appreciation of holding a book in your hands, getting lost in the pages as you turn them. I find solace in reading a good book, especially when it inspires me or teaches me. I recommend picking up a book during your downtime if you aren’t already doing so.
We’ve compiled a second list of books we believe will benefit any leader this winter. If you haven’t already, check out our first volume of recommended titles here.
Business Adventures by John Brooks – Bill Gates calls this book the best one he’s ever read – so it must be worth a read. The focus is on companies that have been defined by a singular moment or mistake in history (think General Electric’s scandals and Xerox’s incredibly fast growth).
Blue Ocean Strategy by W Chan Kim – If you haven’t read this book yet, it’s a must for leaders. Blue Ocean Strategy argues that cutthroat competition isn’t the solution to long term business success. Rather, by tapping into new market spaces and making your competition irrelevant, you’ll be on your way to success. This extended version also answers questions most asked in the past ten years.
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou – If there’s one thing to learn from this book, it’s what not to do. This is a compelling read about the leader and the rise and fall of the multi-billionaire startup that never really existed.
Gareth Thomas: Proud – This autobiography tells the story of how Gareth Thomas was on the outside one of the most successful rugby players but on the inside, was struggling to hide his true self. He was the most prominent athlete to come out as gay. A truly inspiring story. During a time when social issues are at their peak of discussion and tackling, this is a great read to educate yourself from the perspective of someone on the inside.
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Building and maintaining relationships is imperative as a business leader. This best-seller gives practical advice on how to make your life and relationships more rewarding. Whether it helps you in business or in your personal life, it’s sure to give you a new perspective on your life. It’s one of the most famous confidence-boosting books out there and has helped millions of people around the world.
Aria by Nazanine Hozar – A coming-of-age tale of a girl’s journey during the Iranian coup of 1953, this book will keep you engaged until the final page. The combination of political and personal drama makes this an unforgettable read that you won’t want to put down.