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9 Books Recommended by CEOs Globally

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Discovering the wisdom imparted by successful leaders is an invaluable asset on the journey to personal and professional growth. Books often shape the strategic thinking and leadership styles of many CEOs. This list of books recommended by CEOs provides you with timeless principles of leadership and cutting-edge insights from diverse sectors across the globe.

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Built to Last, by Jim Collins

Built to Last is recommended by Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. It explores the characteristics of enduring and successful companies. Through extensive research, Jim and co-author Jerry identify key traits that distinguish visionary companies. The book provides insights into the fundamental principles, such as a strong core ideology, that contribute to the longevity and success of businesses.

Range, by David Epstein

Another of the top books recommended by CEOs is Range. It’s recommended by Microsoft’s Bill Gates, and it challenges the conventional notion that specialization is the key to success. Other entrepreneurs, like Ryan Holiday and Ankur Warikoo also recommend reading it. You’ll get a fresh perspective on talent development and career success in the book. David argued that generalists – individuals with diverse experiences and skill sets – are better equipped to navigate complex and uncertain environments.

Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens is one of the most recommended books by CEOs and entrepreneurs worldwide. Mark Zuckerberg, Naval Ravikant, Kunal Shah and many others recommend the book because of its sweeping narrative of human history. the book provides a deep understanding of the forces that have shaped human society and culture. Yuval has explored key milestones in human evolution, including the development of language, agriculture and civilization.

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Winning Now, Winning Later, by David M. Cote

Winning Now, Winning Later is recommended by Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo. The book shares the author’s experiences as the former CEO of Honeywell International. David outlines a balanced approach to leadership in the book, focusing on short-term performance as well as long-term sustainability. You’ll learn strategies for driving immediate results while laying the groundwork for future success.

Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda

Autobiography of a Yogi is recommended by Apple fame Steve Jobs. It’s a spiritual memoir that recounts the author’s journey to self-realization. Paramhansa shared his experiences with meditation, yoga and encounters with spiritual luminaries in the book. It offers insights into the nature of consciousness and the pursuit of enlightenment.

Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence is recommended by Elon Musk. The book explores the potential risks and benefits of artificial intelligence (AI). Nick touches upon the implications of creating machines that surpass human intelligence and the challenges of ensuring their alignment with human values. Superintelligence prompts reflection on the ethical implications of AI development. And it provides a perspective into the existential risks posed by advanced AI technology.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz

Peter Thiel, the former CEO of PayPal, recommends The Hard Thing About Hard Things. The book offers candid insights into the challenges of entrepreneurship and leadership. Drawing from Ben’s experiences as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, it provides practical advice for taking tough decisions and overcoming adversity. You’ll find valuable lessons on resilience, decision-making and organizational management in this book.

Principles, by Ray Dalio

Principles by Ray Dalio is recommended by Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter. The book outlines the author's principles for life and work, developed over decades as the founder of Bridgewater Associates. It provides many insights for entrepreneurs in building a culture of openness and accountability, both personally and professionally. Ray has emphasized the importance of radical transparency, thoughtful decision-making, and continuous learning.

Big Little Breakthroughs, by Josh Linker

The last among the books recommended by CEOs is Big Little Breakthroughs. Reliance fame Mukesh Ambani recommends it. It explores the concept of small, incremental innovations that lead to significant breakthroughs. Josh encourages everyone to embrace a culture of creativity and experimentation to drive innovation.

OK, those were all the books recommended by CEOs. These books provide insights into a range of topics from the principles of adaptability to innovation and personal growth. Whether you're seeking to refine your leadership skills or simply broaden your horizons, the pages offer a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

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