Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, and Oprah Winfrey share one thing in common beyong their billionaire status: they’re viracious readers. So what are the books today’s CEOs feel have profoundly impacted their businesses and lives enough that they re-read them regularly?
Team of Rivals: The political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
“Imagine you meet your prifessional idol who then dismisses you as an ‘ape’ because you’re poorly educated and even more poorly dressed. Ten years later, you’re president of the United States, and you make that professional idol your secretary of war during the Civil War, because you know he’s the person for the job. That’s one of many instances reflecting Lincoln’s clarity of purpose. He consistently put what he was trying to accomplish above his own ego,” says Richard Matsui, founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, a solar fintech company.
Blue Ocean Strategy by Renee Mauborgne and W.Chan Kim
“I tend to stick to entrepreneurial classics. Blue Ocean forces you to focus on how to creat market share to build a long-term successful business,” says Michelle Cordeiro Grant, CEO of LIVELY, an inclusive bra and underwear start-up.
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Evan Maridou, founder and CEO of Milo, a start-up that offers technology-enabled wellness clinics for pets, says: “More than any other book, this book has challanged my way of thinking and how I make decisions. The lessoms in the book can help CEOs understand the best way to market to customers, communicate more effectively with their teams, and raise money from investors. For my generation, so much emphasis was placed on IQ, but the most common thread I’ve observed in successful CEOs I’ve worked for are high levels of emotional intelligence.”
Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie
“Start-ups involve so many ups and downs, and it’s easy to tie my own sense of worth to the company’s and beckme too attached to outcomes,” says Vlada Bortnik, co-founder of the video communication app Marco Polo. “This book helps me maintain healthy distinctions and reminds me to enjoy the journey.”