All great leaders have one thing in common: They are avid learners and for many that means they also are avid readers.
While the average American reads five books a year, some of the nation’s top CEOs read an average of four to five books a month, according to the PEW Research Center. Not only is reading a great way to learn and to grow personally and professionally, it also is a great way to relax.
At Management Solutions, we have a list of books that we suggest to all of our employees. Several of these have become the backbone of our philosophy and our way of doing business. Management Solutions president and founder Misty Mayes shares her current favorite below in a list we compiled for you with some help from a few of our friends and clients, and a some other notable business leaders. To get even more ideas on good reads, check out our MSLLC Corporate Reading List as well
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
After decades of research on success and achievement, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck shares her findings in this book. Misty Mayes said it really
opens your eyes to the benefits of changing from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.
Daniel Watson, co-founder and executive director of Knoxville’s Restoration House, is an avid reader. Topping his list is this book by Robert D. Lupton that looks at how to prevent charities from hurting those they’re trying to help.
The Intelligent Investor
He may be the world’s top investor, but Warren Buffett spends most of his time reading. Among the many books on the billionaire’s to-read list is this one by Benjamin Graham, which he says shaped his investment philosophy.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates read Business Adventures at Buffett’s recommendation and says the 1969 collection of Wall Street tales by John Brooks remains his favorite business book to date.
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
In addition to her own bestselling book Lean In, Facebook COO Sheryl Sanders recommends this book by Anna Quindlen, which focuses on women’s roles and self-perception.
How Will You Measure Your Life?
Former New York City mayor and business magnate Michael Bloomberg recommends How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton M. Christensen, which explores the importance of mingling business and philosophy.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works
HP CEO Meg Whitman makes this book by her former boss, Procter & Gamble President and CEO A.G. Lafley, mandatory reading for HP’s 300,000 employees, believing its advice on setting and following strategy is crucial to success.