As a leader, what are the books that completely changed your point of view and pushed you to where you are today?
There are a few criteria to shortlist a book:
- What is the name of the book?
- How has the book changed your life?
- How many times have you revisited the book?
Here is my list (Books I’ve ready more than two times are in bold):
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
- The innovator’s dilemma by Clayton Christensen
- Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
- Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
- Good to great by James Collins
- Dreamchasers: Entrepreneurs from the South of the Vindhyas by Shoba Warrior
- Jony Ive by Leander Kahney
- Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney
- What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack (More than 4 times)
- Getting Real by Jason Fried, DHH & Matthew Linderman (More than 4 times)
- Blue Ocean Strategy by Stephanie Lowe
- The five second rule by Mel Ribbons
- The miracle of mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
These books taught me a ton of things. Here are a few that tops my head:
- Getting through struggles
- How to be emotionally stable during situations that you cannot control, but you still have to deal with it.
- Create trust with the people you work and the people you would want to work with.
- How a global company doesn’t have to always start in the Valley.
- Persistance. Persistence. And persistence is the single most important thing in entrepreneurship.
- How great leaders think, and how they make their teams buy-in in their vision and idea.
- Leadership is not a skill, it is an art.
- Going through depression and how to still run a company.
- The art of inspiring people.
- Speaking less than you are supposed to speak.
- Valuing other people’s time.
- Planning for the long-term
My reading Wishlist:
- Leading with Emotional Courage by Peter Bregman
- The hard things about hard things by Ben Horowitz
I’m thinking of making this a Wiki for everyone to edit down the line and add the books they recommend. But for now, please comment out the books below.