5 Must Reads for Any Student

Its important to stay up to date on the latest trends in the industry you want to go into, and to increase your knowledge for your own subject area for upcoming essays and exams. Therefore, these are the must-list books of 2021 for you to read:

  • Ten Lessons for a Post Pandemic World, by Fareed Zakaria.

Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic and it is difficult to see how we will come out of it, this book tries to do just that by examining how the world will look like, and what our responses to it should be. It is written as a set of 10 lessons that discusses political, technological and economic implications in a post-pandemic world.

  • The 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders: Unleashing the Power of All of Us, by Andres T.Tapia and Alina Polonskaia.

This is a recently published guide to inclusive leadership, which is very relevant at a time when companies are seeking to create more diverse, equal and inclusive cultures within their workforces. The authors outline 5 essential qualities of what is needed for inclusive leadership and how people can use these disciplines to build organisations inclusively. They also base their insights on a database of 3 million leadership assessments.

  • The Blueprint: 6 Practical Steps to Lift Your Leadership to New Heights, by Douglas Conant.

This book is part manifesto and part practical manual. The author centres his book on 6 principles that he learnt after being fired without warning in 1984. He has since held roles, such as being the CEO of the Campbell Soup Company, and now wants to share his tips for boosting leadership, navigating difficult situations and making meaningful changes in organisations.

  • The Real Business of Blockchain, by David Furlonger and Christophe Uzureau.

This book is not just for IT leaders, its for all business employees, whatever their level of experience with blockchain. The authors created this practical guide to help executives assess how blockchain will impact their business, explore blockchain’s value proposition, and to cut through the blockchain hype to focus on the opportunities that emerging technology unlocks.

  • Doughnut Economics, by Kate Raworth.

The author challenges the idea of repeating past economic strategies and offers new alternative ways to think about how we shape economic policy now and in the coming decades. She specifically highlights 7 focus points to re-envision the economy against financial and environmental sustainability on a global scale.

Some other books to also look at that you can find in the University of Reading Library:

  1. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins.
  2. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis.
  3. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman.
  4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R.Covey.
  5. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, by Clayton M.Christensen.

It’s good practice for you to be thinking around your subject and expanding your knowledge and reading a few pages a day is a great way to do this. These recommended books cover a range of time frames, subjects, and conclusions so I am sure you will find something that sparks your interest. If you still can’t find one that interests you, get in touch with your designated subject library staff member here, because they will be able to help you as well.