Reading for self-improvement, leadership and happiness

Recommended by Bill Gates: The books you should read about leadership, happiness and technology

Recommended by Bill Gates: The books you should read about leadership, happiness and technology

Posted on February 2020 By Nicholas Farley

Reading for self-improvement, leadership and happiness

Bill Gates, the founder of 'Microsoft' and the Chairman of the 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation' has a staggering net worth of $110 billion. He also frequently recommends a number of books, as ‘must reads’ on his blog,

He has suggested over 180 books during the time he's been posting on this blog. However, we have separated them into three categories: Innovation & Technology, Management & Leadership, and Happiness, Psychology and Development.

We believe these books can help candidates and clients alike get better in both their workplace and in their personal lives. Whether you’re looking for ways to enhance your leadership qualities, trying to reignite your creative spark or simply focusing on being a better person, these books are worth a shout.

So, without further ado, here are some of Bill Gates’ books you should probably give some thought when considering your next read:


Management and Leadership

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough

The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation, by Tim Brown

The Art of Being Unreasonable: Lessons in Unconventional Thinking, by Eli Broad

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World With OKRs, by John Doerr


Innovation and Technology

Sustainable Materials with both Eyes Open, by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, by David McCullough

The Grid: A Journey Through the Heart of our Electrified World, by Phillip F. Schewe

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry and Invention, by William Rosen

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger, by Marc Levinson Meadows


Development, Purpose and Happiness

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, by Claude Steele

Where Good Ideas Come from, by Steven Johnson

The Road to Character, by David Brooks

Life Is What You Make It, by Peter Buffett

Awakening Joy, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander

Showing up for Life, by Bill Gates Sr.

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell