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Summer reading: 6 leadership books Fortune 500 CEO consultants say are must-reads

Leadership consultants who work with Fortune 500 CEOs shared the books they're currently reading.

July 27, 2022 / Insider - Reading good, old-fashioned books is a great way to stay on the pulse of the latest trends in business. Whether you're an aspiring business leader or a current one, delving into titles that top Fortune 500 leadership consultants recommend is an easy way to get up to speed on conversations happening in executive meeting rooms.

Multiple CEO consultants who work in general management, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as well as communications recommended their top reads for the summer. The list includes a mix of newly published reads and classics.

"Team of Teams" by Stanley McChrystal

Jon Henes, the CEO of the leadership consultancy C Street Advisory Group, recommended the book for its advice on decision-making. The big takeaway, Henes said, is figuring out if an issue you're tackling is complicated or complex. A complicated task — like fixing a car engine — is tricky, but once you figure it out, you can replicate the solution easily. A complex task on the other hand — like analyzing financial markets — is complex. Distinguishing between the two helps you figure out how to approach a problem.

"With complex issues, you can analyze, but the ground is always shifting. You'll never know the outcome with 100% certainty, so you have to be prepared for a range of eventualities," Henes said. "Leaders need to understand the difference and become comfortable with uncertainty when making decisions."

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