As a leader, what are the books you have read and recommend?


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:

  1. What is the name of the book?
  2. How has the book changed your life?
  3. How many times have you revisited the book?

Here is my list (Books I’ve ready more than two times are in bold):

  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  2. Zero to One by Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
  3. The innovator’s dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  4. Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg
  5. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
  6. Good to great by James Collins
  7. Dreamchasers: Entrepreneurs from the South of the Vindhyas by Shoba Warrior
  8. Jony Ive by Leander Kahney
  9. Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney
  10. What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School by Mark McCormack (More than 4 times)
  11. Getting Real by Jason Fried, DHH & Matthew Linderman (More than 4 times)
  12. Blue Ocean Strategy by Stephanie Lowe
  13. The five second rule by Mel Ribbons
  14. The miracle of mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh

These books taught me a ton of things. Here are a few that tops my head:

  1. Getting through struggles
  2. How to be emotionally stable during situations that you cannot control, but you still have to deal with it.
  3. Create trust with the people you work and the people you would want to work with.
  4. How a global company doesn’t have to always start in the Valley.
  5. Persistance. Persistence. And persistence is the single most important thing in entrepreneurship.
  6. How great leaders think, and how they make their teams buy-in in their vision and idea.
  7. Leadership is not a skill, it is an art.
  8. Going through depression and how to still run a company.
  9. The art of inspiring people.
  10. Speaking less than you are supposed to speak.
  11. Valuing other people’s time.
  12. Planning for the long-term

My reading Wishlist:

  1. Leading with Emotional Courage by Peter Bregman
  2. 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.


while there are many books out there that helps a leader with dealing with issues and situations, I think biographies of successful leaders, businessmen and even books on philosophy help leaders in someway including developing strategies, tackling unseen situations and form a nice skill set in the end. So, that aside, here are some books I suggest:

  1. The art of war - Sun tzu
  2. Man search for meaning - Victor Frankl
  3. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
  4. Losing my virginity - Richard Branson
  5. Elon Musk - Ashley Vance
  6. Girl Boss - Sophia Ameruso