Business Leaders Share Their Favorite Books with #ReadtoLead on Facebook

Earlier this month, Facebook launched a social media campaign to highlight the books that inspire the world’s most successful business leaders. The campaign invited “business leaders and social influencers” to share photos of the “top books of 2016 that have shaped their perspective on business, management, or leadership” with the hashtag #ReadtoLead

The books chosen were insightful and, at times, surprising. If you’re interested in checking out a few of the #ReadtoLead books, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few of our favorite titles from the campaign, available right now on Scribd. 

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of The Huffington Post, chose Adam Grant’s Originals as her #ReadToLead choice for 2016. As someone who founded a media empire, it makes sense that Huffington would glean valuable lessons from a book about forging your own path. 

The book examines the trials and tribulations that everyday people face as they work to champion new and innovative ideas. For a business leader, or an aspiring leader of any kind, this book offers advice on how to seek out, foster, and reward true originality. 

How To Win Friends and Influence People

This leadership classic was the top choice for TED speaker and social scientist Arthur Brooks, and for good reason. Its pages hold invaluable lessons on how to navigate interpersonal relationships in a professional setting. 

Even though How To Win Friends and Influence People was released 80 years ago, its spot-on advice makes it an enduring classic that has remained relevant for decades. 

Change by Design

Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon has spent years working as the leader of one of the world’s largest and most successful companies. But when he needs leadership advice, where does he turn? 

McMillon’s #ReadtoLead pick is Change by Design, a book about celebrating the techniques and strategies of design at every level of business. At its core, Change by Design is a book on creative leadership, especially in the areas of organization, product, and customer service. 

Lincoln and the Power of the Press

Richard Edelman, one of the world’s most successful CEOs, draws inspiration and key learnings from past political titans. His pick for the #ReadtoLead campaign was Lincoln and the Power of the Press.

The book’s core premise centers on the importance of public perception. Lincoln believed that with a positive public perception, you could do anything, but with a bad public perception you would be incapable of success. For Edelman, that’s a powerful lesson in leadership. 

Alexander Hamilton

The first female CEO of Nasdaq, Adena Friedman, listed Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as her top #ReadtoLead book. For her, the biography proves that everyone has a role to play in shaping our collective future and, as a leader, she’s taken that lesson to heart. 

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton examines the true impact of one of America’s most sensational founders. The biography is so moving that it served as the main inspiration for Hamilton!, the award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. As the story of a man who overcame innumerable challenges to help lead the newly formed United States, Alexander Hamilton is a book that can teach leaders by example.  


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