These are the books the most successful leaders, ‘global influencers’ read last year

MAMOSA Report — Facebook asked 62 of its ‘global influencers’ who span various industries which of the books had helped shape their perspective on leadership.

Of the 231 books that the group recommended, 11 were mentioned more than any other. Here they are:

The most recommended book (by us also!) was a foray into the origins of humankind itself. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari, explores how, out of six species of humans, Sapiens came to dominate and shape the world we live in today. It asks, among many other things, if we are actually any happier today than we were in the Stone Age.

Another book of interest (which we liked a great deal) is by retired US Army General Stanley McChrystal. A Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World outlines a tried-and-tested military strategy that is just as relevant to the business world. “Team of Teams may be both the best military book of the year and the best business one” says one reviewer. “[The authors make] a fascinating point, one I had never seen put quite this way: Your structure is your strategy. In other words, how you organize your institution, how you think about questions of command and control, determines how you operate.”

In a book that looks forward rather than backwards, Alex Cross’ The Industries of the Future explores what our future will look like (we loved it!). It analyses the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next 10 years. Cross examines themes from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics and the codification of money markets and trust. A must for anyone who wonders what sort of world today’s children will be living in.

The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee, delves into the human gene, and how much of who we are is dependent on our genes (it’s a must read our team recommends), versus how we are raised. Part of the readability of what is essentially a scientific book is the fact that is interspersed with personal examples. Mukherjee won a Pulitzer for his previous book on cancer, The Emperor of all Maladies.

Last on the list (a definite read our team recommends) is Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values, a look at how successful business doesn’t mean an abandonment of spiritual values. The book is “fundamental for those who manage and lead others. Great leadership is conscious leadership.”

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