Learn from the best - 5 books on leadership every CEO should read

Here at g2m we are great advocates of continuous learning. We think there is always more knowledge you can acquire and there is always room for improvement, and not just within the marketing teams – it is just as much on C-suite executives as it is on those carrying out everyday tasks to stay on the education ball. A recent TEC article, Top 5 leadership books for CEOs, heralds a great starting point for those looking to ramp up their leadership skills. Here are our three favourites out of the five suggested by TEC.



Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – Simon Sinek

“Happy employees ensure happy customers. And happy customers ensure happy shareholders – in that order.”

Simon Sinek’s 2011 book provides insight into why some people and organisations are superior than others. Through analysis of some of the greatest leaders in history, Sinek reveals that they all think, interact and communication in an opposite way to the rest of the population. This book offers a unique vision of how CEOs should lead and inspire their team.


How to win friends & influence people – Dale Carnegie

“Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn – and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.”

While this book has been around for over 60 years, the lessons and tools are still as important as ever. Packed full of stories and lessons, it offers a unique perspective of relationships (both business and personal) of people who are now very famous in their own right. This book can provide new ways of creating positive relationships and understanding how to be a strong leader for your business moving forward.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”

There is a common misconception that motivation and performance can be driven by rewards such as money or gifts. However, is this a mistake? Daniel Pink’s 2011 book analyses this notion and through over four decades of study suggests that the best way to get productivity from a human is by letting them set their own values and believe in their own abilities. This book is perfect for CEOs wanting to know the science behind workplace productivity and human psychology.

For the full list of books head to the TEC article here, and if you're looking for more educational material on how to succeed as a leader, download our free ebook below. 


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