5 Must-Read Books for Successful Business and IT Leaders

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The digital realm is exciting, fast-paced, relentless and in a state of constant change. Whether you're a budding upstart, a senior executive or an industry leader, the pursuit of continuous learning is the key to ongoing success. In fact, due to the known value of digital education in today’s world, the mobile learning industry alone is expected grow to over $37 billion by 2020.

Aside from attending conferences and taking up digital courses, one of the best ways to acquire new knowledge and gain valuable skills is by reading the right books. And if you’re a business or IT leader, there are seemingly endless amounts of literary resources out there. 

To help whittle the list down, here are our top five must-read books for successful business and IT leaders…


Friend & Foe: When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both

Author: Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer

An invaluable modern business bible, this book explores the fine line between collaboration and competition. Essentially, we're wired to collaborate and compete - and if we're able to strike the perfect balance between the two, we can succeed as business leaders, and in life. This savvy, practical guide will help you become 'a better friend and more formidable foe'.



Author: Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, and Braden Kowitz

Written by a group of Google Ventures partners, this book offers up a practical guide to answering critical business questions. It doesn't matter whether you're part of a small startup, leading a Fortune 100, or someone in charge of a technical team, this book is for anyone responsible for a significant opportunity, problem, or idea who needs answers fast. Perfect for business and IT leaders operating in all digital industries.


CIO Paradox: Battling the Contradictions of IT Leadership

Author: Martha Heller

If you're a CIO in serious need of guidance, this book will prove priceless. In the modern age, every business is primarily a technology company, but when tech has the power to make or break an organisation, how can you make sure you're making the right decisions? Boasting a host of practical insights as well as real world examples, this publication is geared towards tackling the challenges faced by today's IT leader.


The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Author: John.C.Maxwell

There may be a lot of books listing the many ways you can do this, that or the other, but this particular publication offers nothing but golden advice.

 In this book, internationally recognised leadership expert Maxwell gives the reader a plethora of highly useful and simple-to-understand business and leadership advice through compelling anecdotes - and in the new extended version, the vast majority of these takeaways can be applied to guiding your team through the throes of digital transformation - a classic read.


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

Author: David Rogers

We all know about the potency and vast importance of digital transformation and its necessity in today's commercial world - but when you're a business or IT leader in charge of the process, it can all get a little daunting.

In this book, Rogers serves up slices of expert insight covering topics including the importance of updating your technology, how to rethink your commercial strategy, tweaking your  company culture and how to implement digital changes that will have a positive impact. By using examples from the likes of Google, GE, Airbnb and the New York Times, the prose is easy to understand and offers advice that will help you thrive in the digital age. 

We hope these books are as helpful to you as they've been for us and if you're looking to upskill yourself with a digital course, take a look at our selection of dynamic digital programmes.


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