Book recommendations for business leaders: 6/9/16

Jun 9, 2016 | Reading Lists

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This is about the “read a lot” part. I include reading lists and book reviews that will help you do business more effectively and write better for business.

In this post there are three lists with ideas for your summer reading. Each list includes recommendations from several people who suggest all kinds of books. If you can’t find something here to read this summer, you’re just not trying.

From Melissa Wylie and Mary Johnson: 9 cool women and their hot summer reads

“So you’ve planned your long weekend getaway. Now comes a very important question: What are you going to read while you unwind? We asked a handful of women that question — what they’re reading and/or what they would recommend. Here’s what they had to say:”

From Andrew Moses: What CEOs Have On Their Summer Reading List

“What do many of the busiest and most productive CEOs have in common? They make time to read and rely on books for inspiration, leadership development, and mastering new skillsets. I asked a group of CEOs from some of the most high-profile and fastest-growing companies in the nation about what they have on their reading list this summer. The responses are fascinating and diverse. Their choices run the gamut in terms of genre and include topics such as leadership and innovation as well as history, current affairs, and personal enrichment. Further, their choices are unique. Only one title was mentioned twice.”

Earlier this year I asked a bunch of people to share the name of the best book they read in 2015. I received more than fifty recommendations. There are novels and mysteries and history and sociology and theology and science fiction. Here’s a really interesting fact about the list. Only four books were mentioned more than once. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, Daniel James Brown’s The Boys in the Boat, and Laszlo Bock’s Work Rules were mentioned twice each.

Reading recommendations are a regular feature of this blog. Want more recommendations about what to read? Check out my Three Star Leadership blog, Michael McKinney’s LeadingBlog, and Bob Morris’ Blogging on Business.