When it comes to my business philosophies and my mindset as a leader, I owe it all to the books I’ve read. They’ve inspired me, taught me, challenged me, and shaped me into the person I am today. I’m still an avid reader: I try to read at least a book a week. Here are some of my favorite titles on earth and why. I hope you gain from them as much as I have!
I promise to add to this list often.
This is the book that first taught me culture is a feeling, and it led to the creation of our core values at Student Maid.
Bob is one of my favorite CEOs of all time, and I love his philosophy: Every person we interact with is someone’s precious child. This is an incredible book about what it truly means to care for people.
If you want a book about how to build trust among your team and make people feel safe, this is it. Simon has the gift of making very complex topics easy to understand.
Even if your twenties are behind you, this book is worth a read. It's about how to live your life now so the rest of it is what you want it to be. If you are a member of the next generation, or if you care about the next generation, definitely add this to your list.
This book gave me a new way to think about how to motivate myself and my team. Turns out there are three elements of motivation: autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Guess what’s not on the list? Money.
Kim Scott was an exec at Google and Apple. She learned that to be a good leader, you have to care personally and challenge directly. If you want to get better at feedback, this one’s for you!
When I first started Student Maid, a mentor of mine made me read this book. If you are an entrepreneur, you’ve got to get it.
I don’t always stick to the business aisle! This is the memoir of Anthony Ray Hinton, who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. This one’s about mindset, and it affected me profoundly.
This one helped me understand the reasons we procrastinate, and it gave tangible steps to stress less and play more. I had Student Maid’s executive team read it too, and then we discussed what we learned. Highly recommend doing the same with your team!
A classic, timeless, must-read. Sometimes I read it again just to hold myself accountable to being the most effective leader I can be.
Quick, easy read about a pretend pizzeria with a horrible work environment and the story of how they turned it around. If you want to learn how to make work more fulfilling, get your hands on this one!
Read this, and then read everything else Brené Brown has written. She will prove to you that vulnerability is not a weakness. It’s brave and courageous.