In Senior Partner Steven Dunne’s previous thought piece ‘The Leadership Framework: Do Management bestsellers provide applicable insights for CEOs?’, he said and asked: “The personal stories in business books can be inspiring but are often light on detail, lacking theoretical underpinning, with no externally verifiable evidence or any critique of the conclusions drawn. They provide great after-dinner anecdotes, but do they really provide insight that is relevant and repeatable?
In addition to that, the sheer number of books on leadership is enormous. When paired with a backlog of timeless classics, the new learning opportunities for business leaders become increasingly diverse…so where do we start?
At Frog, we’ve put together some titles that are worthy additions to your summer reading list, providing valuable insights for leaders at whatever stage they are in their journey.
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings and Erin Meyer
- Secrets of Sand Hill Road – Venture Capital and How to Get It, by Scott Kupor
- Measure What Matters by John Doerr
- “Zero to One – Notes on Start-Ups or, How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel
- Legacy, by James Kerr
- Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz
- The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating & Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup, by Noam Wasserman
- Scaling Up – An introduction to the challenges of Scaling your Business by Verne Harnish
- The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
- Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War, edited by Larry Hedrick
- Getting To Plan B, by Randy Komisar and John Mullins
- Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity, by Kim Scott
- The Ultimate Question 2.0, by Fred Reichheld and Rob Markey
- Life’s a Pitch: How to sell yourself and your brilliant ideas, By Stephen Bayley & Roger Mavity
- Who: The A method for Hiring, by Geoff Smart & Randy Street