Business leaders didn’t get to wher they are today without a bit of wisdom guiding them along the way.


Many of them cite books — whether strategy guides or novels — that inspired them or changed the way they think.


Yahoo!CEO Marissa Mayer


Mayer revealed her favorite book as”The Design of Everyday Things” (2002) by Donald Norman. She said:




“I think a lot about design and products and how things should work. But it makes you notice things that can be infuriating. Like, why does my sandwich shop have meat all the way over there?At the same time, it makes you think about design in new ways, because when you use something everyday it needs to be absolutely efficient and not get in your way. It’s cool to be able to articulate and discuss that on a level that is really accessible and interesting.”


Trump Organization CEO Donald Trump


Trump named “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale as his favorite book, according to ShortList Magazine. This book inspired Trump at his lowest moment when he was billions of dollars in debt. He told Psychology Today:

据Shortlist Magazine杂志透露,特朗普最喜欢的书是由诺曼-文森-皮尔所著的《积极思考的力量》。在特朗普处于失业最低谷,背负数十亿美元债务的时候,这本书激励了他。他告诉《今日心理学》:

“My father was friends with Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and I had read his famous book, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking.’ I’m a cautious optimist but also a firm believer in the power of being positive. I think that helped. I refused to be sucked into negative thinking on any level, even when the indications weren’t great. That was a good lesson because I emerged on a very victorious level. It’s a good way to go.”


Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh


Hsieh told USA Today that one of his favorite books is “Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization” by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright.


“‘Tribal Leadership’ codifies a lot of what we’ve been doing instinctually and provides a great framework for all companies to bring company culture to the next level,” he said.


Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman


MS CEO James Gorman told Bloomberg Markets Magazine that one of his favorite pastimes is reading spy novels by John le Carre, the author behind “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.”

詹姆斯告诉彭博社Markets Magazine,他在闲暇时间里最喜欢做的其中一件事是阅读由约翰-勒卡雷所著的间谍小说,《锅匠裁缝士兵间谍》和《冷战谍魂》的作者就是约翰-勒卡雷。

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg


Sandberg flipped the in a 2013 New York Times interview when she spoke about other authors’ books, not just her own.


Among her favorites:


“Bossy Pants”

“Now, Discover Your Strengths”

“The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”

“The Big Short”

“A Short Guide To A Happy Life”

“Home Game”

“Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution”

“Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values”

“A Wrinkle in Time”

《我为喜剧狂(30 Rock)》主演Tina Fey的自传《Bossy Pants》








Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes



Bewkes offered his reading picks to The Wall Street Journal:


“Michael Porter’s ‘Competitive Strategy’ if it has to be [a] business book. If anything goes, either ‘James Flexner’s four volume biography of George Washington’ or Gore Vidal’s ‘Lincoln’ or Doris Goodwin’s ‘Team of Rivals.'”


DuPont CEO Elle Kullman


Kullman told The Wall Street Journal that her book recommendations included “The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph, 1942-45” by Frank McLynn, “The Thomas Sowell Reader” by Thomas Sowell, and “Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System – and Themselves” by Andrew Ross Sorkin.


J.C.Penney CEO Myron E. Ullman


The Wall Street Journal published an email from Ullman, listing “Transparency—How Leaders Create A Culture of Candor” by Warren Bennis, as his top book recommendation.


“Warren Bennis was an early mentor in my business career and his new book captures much of what we impact to our top talent,” he wrote.


ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson


Tillerson told Scouting Magazine that his favorite book is “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand, which was named the second most influential book in America after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.

蒂尔纳森告诉Scouting Magazine杂志说他最爱读的书是艾茵-兰德所著的《耸肩的阿特拉斯》。据美国国会图书馆和每月读书俱乐部共同开展的一项调查显示,这本书在美国的影响力仅次于《圣经》。

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson


Stephenson told Scouting Magazine that his favorite book is “The Brothers Karamazov,” the final novel by 19th century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

斯蒂芬森对Scouting Magazine杂志说,他最爱读的书是19世纪俄国小说家陀思妥耶夫斯基写的最后一本小说《卡拉马佐夫兄弟》。



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