There are many books that have been hugely influential in building and evolving Automattic, and we want to share them here.

We surveyed our leads on the top books they recommend, here’s the ranking by number of votes:

  1. The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  2. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  3. Drive by Daniel Pink
  4. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
  5. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan
  6. Deep Work by Cal Newport
  7. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  8. Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace by Gordon MacKenzie
  9. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  10. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  11. Leadership & Self-Deception: Getting out of the box by Arbinger Institute
  12. The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
  13. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  14. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  16. The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change by Camille Fournier
  17. Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Shelia Heen
  18. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
  19. Words that Work by Frank Luntz
  20. Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux
  21. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  22. High Output Management by Andrew Grove
  23. The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh
  24. Turn the Ship Around! by David Marquet
  25. When Teams Work Best by Frank LaFasto and Carl Larson
  26. Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Gray, Dave, Brown, Sunni, and James Macanufo
  27. Little Red Book of Selling by Jeffrey Gitomer
  28. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter
  29. Lincoln on Leadership by Donald Phillips
  30. Spark : How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success by Angie Morgan, Courtney Lynch, and Sean Lynch
  31. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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  33. Leadership: Theory and Practice by Peter Northouse
  34. Redesigning Leadership by John Maeda and Rebecca Bermont
  35. A Curious Mind , The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  36. Product Leadership by Richard Banfield, Nate Walkingshaw, and Martin Erikkson
  37. The Progress Principle by Teresa Amabile, and Steven Kramer
  38. The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly
  39. Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo
  40. Design for Real Life by Sara Wachter-Boettcher and Eric Meyer
  41. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  42. The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins
  43. Making Space: How the Brain knows where things are by Jennifer M. Groh
  44. Read This Before our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
  45. Projects Without Boundaries by Martinelli, Russ et al
  46. Managing Humans by Michael Lopp
  47. Leading Change by John P. Kotter

Recommendations from Automattic’s bespoke Reboot leadership training:

Further reading:

If you’re an Automattician, we are happy to promote your professional development by paying for any book that promotes continuous learning.

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