Even the best leaders find inspiration in the stories of others. At our annual CEO Collaborate, we asked our portfolio company CEOs to recommend the business and leadership books that have helped them accelerate growth, shape great cultures and more.

Here are their recommendations, with links at the bottom for more information on each book. Add them to your summer reading list or consider this your gift guide for the emerging leader in your life.

Happy reading!

(And for quick, personal leadership lessons from our CEOs, past and present, check out 20 Years of High Growth Insights.)


20 Business and Leadership Books for CEOs

Private-equity backed CEOs share the books that have helped them build great businesses. Titles were collected at LLR Partners’ annual CEO Collaborate forum for portfolio company leaders.

21 Business and Leadership Books for CEOs


Here is where you can find out more about each author and book:

  1. Turn the Ship Around
  2. Traction
  3. Leaders Eat Last
  4. Leadership and Self-Deception
  5. The Last Word on Power
  6. Scaling Up
  7. Blue Ocean Shift
  8. Spin Selling
  9. The Sales Acceleration Formula
  10. Essentialism
  11. Managing Management Time
  12. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  13. Powerful
  14. Good to Great
  15. Competitive Strategy
  16. Great by Choice
  17. Inside the Tornado
  18. Shoe Dog
  19. The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  20. What the CEO Wants You to Know