Great books for CEOs, executives, and aspiring leaders

Here you can buy the books reviewed on the CEO Bookshelf, recommended for any CEO (or aspiring leader), drawn from hundreds I've read personally during more than a decade as an executive in publishing and ed-tech, including 5 years as a private-company CEO.

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a New Section: "On Robustness and Fragility"

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition

by Frederick P. Brooks

Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work's Chaos

by Michael Carroll

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

by Stephen Batchelor

The Art of Stillness

by Pico Iyer

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph

by Ryan Holiday

Quiet Leadership: Six Steps to Transforming Performance at Work

by David Rock

15 Secrets Successful People Know about Time Management: The Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 2

by Kevin Kruse

The Way of Life According to Lao Tzu

by Witter Bynner

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

by Christopher Alexander

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

by Kerry Patterson

The Intelligent Investor REV Ed.

by Benjamin Graham

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

by Bryan Burrough

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

by Atul Gawande

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

by William Zinsser

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character

by Richard P. Feynman

Chaos: Making a New Science

by James Gleick

High Output Management

by Andrew S. Grove

The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

by Clayton M. Christensen

Incerto: Fooled by Randomness the Black Swan the Bed of Procrustes Antifragile

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World

by Margaret J. Wheatley

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

by Donella Meadows

Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters

by Richard Rumelt

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long

by David Rock

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

by Jonathan Haidt

How Will You Measure Your Life?

by Clayton M. Christensen