15 leadership books that inspired and changed CEOs and more | World Economic Forum – World Economic Forum
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It’s December, a time for holiday gift shopping and new year prep. You’ll see your share of book recommendations to help you with both at this time of year, but few collect books that have shaped how real leaders at top companies and organizations work, think and lead. This special compilation episode takes leadership book recommendations from CEOs and top execs, NGO founders, and even an ambassador, to present options that will inspire, surprise and change you.
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Leadership books that inspire
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, Brian Grazer
Who recommends it? Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America.
Why he recommends it: You wouldn’t expect a bank exec to recommend a book on curiosity but Moynihan understands the key role that curiosity plays in tackling challenges, helping you stay curious about different questions and not presuming you know all the answers.
Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department, by Dean Acheson
Who recommends it: Former Ambassador Tom Shannon
Why he recommends it: Dean Acheson, who was secretary of state during the presidency of Harry Truman, played a central role after World war II in building a range of global structures. Acheson said he navigated that time thanks to boundless energy, determination and near complete ignorance of the challenge that he faced. Shannon said that our modern era also brings uncertainty but we sometimes have a better sense for certain challenges before us and these memoirs can be an inspiring take on grappling with difficult times.
Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference, by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu
Who recommends it: Tariq Al Olaimy, Founder, 3BL Associates
Why he recommends it: The book covers the horrors of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa, …….