Books have been an integral part of almost every leader's life. It gives them vision. Here are four business leaders revealing the books that changed their life and business for the better.
1. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin:
"This Lincoln biography shows that he was a genius leader. He welcomes dissenting opinions and facilitated a collaborative environment. this has become a cornerstone of my managerial style and our company culture."--- Bill Creelman, founder and CEO of Spindrift Beverage Co.
2. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman:
"It presents the results of a series of psychological experiments that go a long way towards illuminating the irrational behaviour many of us exhibit every day. Thinking in terms of how people actually behave informs almost all my decision-making in both my personal life and business."-- Anthony Casalena, founder and CEO of Squarespace.
3. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse:
"It is the essence of the journey-of-happiness-to-enlightenment story- money, beauty, the simple journey of seeking self. I can read it over and over and always come away feeling more at peace."-- Dr Abdur Chowdhury, co-founder of Aura.
4. The One Thing by Gary Keller:
"It's about focusing every day on reaching one larger goal, and in doing this, everything else becomes unnecessary. To get real traction, you must focus on things small enough to change and big enough to matter, one step at a time."-- Tyler Haney, founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices.
5. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand:
"I don't know any book that sums up the entrepreneurial passion and spirit better than The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand."-- Charlie O'Donnell, a partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
6. Business Adventures by John Brooks:
"Business Adventures is as much about the strengths and weaknesses of leaders in challenging circumstances as it is about the particulars of one business and another. In that sense, it is still relevant not despite its age but because of it."-- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
7.Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson:
"You can see how Franklin was an entrepreneur. He was an entrepreneur. He started from nothing. He was just a runaway kid."-- Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
8. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill:
"The main takeaway from that was goal-setting. It was the fact that if you don't set a specific goal, then how can you expect to hit it?"-- Daymond John, co-founder of clothing business FUBU and investor on ABC's hit pitch show Shark Tank.
9. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen:
"It's the whole concept of understanding that your thoughts really, truly shape everything in your life that you feel and experience."-- Tony Robbins.