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What Every Leader can Learn from Satya Nadella’s Reading List

Ever since Nadella took over the reins at Microsoft, things have only gotten better for the software giant. So, what makes this CEO unique and, needless to say, effective? Well, there are a ton of factors involved. However, if you were to ask Nadella himself, he would tell you that a lot of his leadership prowess comes from his voracious appetite for books.

In fact, he’s even recommended a few of them for the benefit of other leaders like him across the globe. So, let’s explore the CEO’s reading list and find out what we can learn from them.

Deep Learning by Aaron Courville, Yoshua Bengio, and Ian Goodfellow

Deep Learning is probably the only example of its kind to delve into the more intricate aspects of machine learning. The book discusses a wide range of topics connected to the primary subject. We are introduced to matters such as numerical computation, probability theory, linear algebra, optimization algorithms, and a whole lot more.

Nadella considers this book to be very beneficial for software engineers who aim to incorporate deep learning into their products and for anybody who aims to make a career in this area.

The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi

 It is believed that Nadella read this book after it was recommended to him by his father. The Great Transformation explores the concept of society-driven economic change against the backdrop of the British economy during its developmental phase.

The Great Convergence by Richard Baldwin

 The Great Convergence discusses how telerobotics and telepresence will change the way people will cross borders from one location to another. Nadella states that he found quite a few analogies in the book to Microsoft’s HoloLens, which he thinks will have the same impact in the near future.

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Nadella credits his leadership abilities to this book. The story in the book focuses on an underdog crew team from the University of Washington that took part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Nadella believes this book to be an excellent lesson on teamwork, which is something he considers to be a core focus of his as a CEO.

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg

Nadella used this particular book to fix the combative culture that plagued Microsoft before his arrival. The book highlights the importance of collaboration, authenticity, self-awareness, and empathy in the workplace and in every other atmosphere that people might find themselves in.