The Best CEO Autobiographies to Read this Year

By February 22, 2018For Talent

Switch off Netflix and step away from Facebook. If you really want to unwind after a long day at work there is nothing better than curling up with a good book.

Here are just five books that we think you should read in 2018. They may just change your career.

Let My People Go Surfing, Yvon Chouinard

Chouinard didn’t always have his mind set on entrepreneurial success. He began his career as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed mountain climbing and environmental causes.

Let My People Go Surfing is the story of how he used his hobbies and passions to create Patagonia, one of the world’s best known and most environmentally-friendly companies in the world. If you’re going through a career change then this could be the book for you.

Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, Richard Branson

Richard Branson is one of the best-known CEOs in the world. He didn’t get to the top of his game without learning a few lessons along the way. The cheeky title of this book says so much about his personality and the tone of the autobiography. The book follows Branson’s impressive (and sometimes outrageous) life to date and is as entertaining as it is inspirational.

Shoe Dog, Phil Knight

Have you ever wondered who was behind the famous Nike¬†swoosh?¬†Phil Knightly’s eye-opening autobiography (and New York Times bestseller) explains how he started a fashion empire with just 50 dollars borrowed from his father. It’s an honest account of life as an entrepreneur. Knight doesn’t sugar coat his experience so don’t expect a rags to riches story. What you can expect is honest advice and brilliant anecdotes from his journey to success.

The Martha Rules, Martha Stewart

Not strictly an autobiography but this book deserves a spot on the list. Stewart is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, turning her lifelong passion into a multi-billion dollar business that has spanned decades. This book contains her 10 essential business principles for bringing your business ideas to life. It’s perfect for any budding entrepreneurs.

Pour Your Heart into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time, Howard Schultz

Ex Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz discusses the customer-service principles that made the coffee chain one of the biggest companies in the world in his book Pour Your Heart into It. This is the perfect book for startup founders as Schultz offers his expert advice for keeping employees happy in the face of explosive growth.


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Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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