8 Books Every CEO Should Read

Whether you’re an avid reader or you always find yourself trying to carve out time to read, finding a good book can be a challenge. With a busy schedule and more and more business books being published every year, we’re making it easy for you. Here are eight books every CEO should read.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Ben Horowitz)

Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one. In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, the cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don’t cover.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think (Hans Rosling)

Professor of International Health, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps to the way we consume media to how we perceive progress. Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

Quiet the Rage: How Learning to Manage Conflict Will Change Your Life (and the World) (RW Burke)

Many people limit themselves in life based on their inability to get along with others, and too often we allow ourselves to be ruled by our emotions. When we’re emotionally reactive, we’re not our best selves, nor do we produce the smartest outcomes. For everyone who wants to change that part of themselves—everyone who wants more peaceful interactions and more successful outcomes, but doesn’t know how to achieve that—Quiet the Rage is the answer.

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Alistair Croll)

Whether you’re a startup founder trying to disrupt an industry or an intrapreneur trying to provoke change from within, your biggest challenge is creating a product people actually want. Lean Analytics shows you how to validate your initial idea, find the right customers, decide what to build, how to monetize your business, and how to spread the word.

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman (Yvon Chouinard)

Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On (Jonah Berger)

In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Contagious provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread.

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (John Mackey)

At once a bold defense and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business grounded in a more evolved ethical consciousness, this book provides a new lens for individuals and companies looking to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future.

Mindfulness Meditation for Corporate Leadership and Management (Amit Ray)

The book focuses on bringing mindfulness training to CEOs and corporate teams. Mindfulness develops new neural pathways in the brain for better resilience, grit, tenacity and endurance. Mindset is your beliefs about your potential, skills, strength, intelligence and choices. Through mindfulness you can change your mindset. The way you approach others and your mindset affects the people you are working with.

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