CIO Bookshelf: Top Titles on a Technology Leader’s Reading List

Add these to books to your reading list.
H. Michael Burgett
Contributing Writer

Most successful leaders are avid readers.

In fact, not only do most executives continually cycle through titles on leadership, technology, and personal improvement, but many also gift and recommend their top books to their peers and direct reports.

My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”

Abraham Lincoln

In interviewing top technology leaders for The National CIO Review, one of my go-to questions is asking which books a CIO, CTO, or the like would recommend to an up-and-coming leader, perhaps books that they have on their CIO Bookshelf or titles that they regularly gift. Often these are new titles but there are always the classic tomes that they come back to regularly.

So what books should be on your CIO Bookshelf?

Check out these titles from a few technology industry thought leaders.

Bill Serva, VP of IT for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona

High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way

The Performance Pipeline: Getting the Right Performance At Every Level of Leadership

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts

Dean Crutchfield, EVP & Chief Information Officer for CDK Global

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

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

FYI: For Your Improvement

Harsha Bellur, Chief Information Officer for James Avery

Courage: The Backbone of Leadership

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

Don Zimmerman, SVP and Chief Information Officer for Landry’s

Is This Seat Taken?: Random Encounters That Change Your Life

Blind Spot: A Leader’s Guide To IT-Enabled Business Transformation

Shut Up and Listen!: Hard Business Truths that Will Help You Succeed

Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets: 5 Questions to Help You Determine Your Next Move

Brandon Pfleckl, Chief Information Officer for PWCSA

Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values

How Google Works

Priya Serai, Chief Information Officer for OmniCable

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, Updated and Expanded

The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

Lisa McVey, Chief Information Officer for the National Christian Foundation

The Learning of Love: A Journey Toward Servant Leadership

Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

Tough Choices: A Memoir

John Trainor, Chief Technology Officer for Wahoo Fitness

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Darren Person, Global Chief Information Officer for The NPD Group

INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

How to Lie with Statistics

Dave Hoag, SVP and Chief Information Officer for OCC

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance

Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework

Tom Morgan, Chief Information Officer for Merakey

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Wild at Heart

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Phil Crawford, Chief Technology Officer for CKE Restaurants

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Creative Followership: In the Shadow of Greatness

The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age

The Digital Matrix: New Rules for Business Transformation Through Technology

Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

Happy Reading!

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