The Top 5 Books For The Modern Day CEO

The Top 5 Books For The Modern Day CEO

Finding time in your busy schedule as a CEO (or even executive in general) to read can often times be difficult. From the long hours at work, to wanting to relax at home, it practically seems impossible! However, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to take a break and pick up a book. Expanding your knowledge and getting new ideas to better your company can eventually lead to not-so-long days in the future. Here is a list of our top 5 favorite books that we believe every CEO needs to read.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Curious as to why your team can at times seem… dysfunctional? Well, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team reveals the give dysfunctions which go to the heart of why teams often struggle. The author, Patrick Lencioni gives you a solid model as well as all the steps you need to take to overcome these issues as well as build a strong, efficient team.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

Many CEO’s can find it often times hard to motivate their employees. If this is you then now is the time to read Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Daniel examines the three elements of true motivation: autonomy, mastery and purpose all while providing helpful techniques that you can use to put these into action. You can expect this book to transform how you think as well as how you view your employees.

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Most CEO’s draw inspiration from other powerful leaders and this book provides you with information on some of the best. From how they think, act and communicate, you will learn the inside story to some of the most influential people in the world. Pulling from real-life stories this book brings together a clear view of what it really takes to lead an inspire, whether it be your employees or family.

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni

You know if the same author is one our top 5 list twice, they must be good. In Death by Meeting Patrick Lencioni draws attention to one of the most dreaded things in business: bad meetings. With suggestions on how to have more powerful, efficient meetings, you’ll never have to drag your feet (or make your employees drag theirs!) to the board room again.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

CEO or not, How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the most powerful, motivational books ever written. Carnegie wrote this book in 1936 and since then it has sold over 15 million copies. Offering guidance on how to communicate the most effectively, in which turn builds stronger relationships, this book is a must-read for everyone within your company.

So while being a CEO, executive or even an executive assistant can often times take up most of your day, if you want to have a more effective work-life we suggest taking some time out of that crazy busy schedule to sit back and read because having the knowledge and skills that are provided in these books can enhance any workplace.