Here is my list of top ten books for executives and managers of all times that I recommend most. In the order I recommend reading, with why I recommend each book:
- The Effective Executive, Peter Drucker
- Why: The ABCs of executive leadership. Do not skip it. Remember that “common sense” is not very common.
- The Five Temptations of a CEO, Patrick Lencioni
- Why: Reading it will save you lots of agony and expensive mistakes.
- The One Minute Manager, by Ken Blanchard
- Why: It is the fastest least time consuming way to get your team motivated and working to their highest capacity and potential. Make sure you get the revised one.
- On Becoming a Leader, by Warren Bennis
- Why: Leadership starts with self. This book forces you to take a look inside before looking outside.
- Principles, by Ray Dalio
- Why: The values and principles from an executive who lived them.
- Winning, Jack Welch
- Why: When it comes to the details of how an executive carries self at work, you cannot beat this book.
- Blue Ocean Strategy, W Chan Kim
- Why: Today the market is about differentiation and this book is the first to define it as the “Blue Ocean.” vs the “red ocean” where everyone is competing over small potatos.
- The Four Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris
- Why: Because working harder is not enough. Working smarter, asking the right “why’s” is the essence of modern thought leadership. This book will sure open up your apetite for entrepreneurship and thinking out of the box and avoiding the “rat race.”
- Tools of Titans, Tim Ferris
- Why: If you get bored easily and want to learn how thought leaders think, then this book is for you. It covers hundreds of leaders in their fields in a simple quick way. Giving you an inside look into the exccentricities that create the greatness of today’s leading great thinkers.
- Unbeatable Mind, Mark Divine
- Why :Because fear can paralyze, and this is a man who knows how to manage fear. His background as a Navy Seal combined with his entrepreneurial and business executive skills give him a unique perspective worth examining on how to build mental resiliency.
This is my list. Can you please share yours?