About a year ago, I and fifteen or so other company leaders participated in a seven-session “master class,” where we talked extensively about what being a “leader” means at our company, and how we tackle the “big questions”.
These sessions, held every two weeks or so, lasted two hours, followed by dinner.
Each session focused on a concept, anchored by one of these books as the jumping off point for our discussions. Each of the books are either classics of philosophy, or soon-to-be classics. All are worth reading.
The conversations were thoughtful, frustrating and always insightful.
The concepts and associated books were
Debate: On Liberty, chapter 2
Stories: Thinking, Fast and Slow, chapters 1, 4-8, 16-18
Design: The Sciences of the Artificial, chapter 5
Focus: Scarcity, Introduction, pages 19-65
Loyalty: Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, chapters 1-5, 7, 9
Meritocrarcy: Capital in the Twenty-First Century, pages 11-16, 20-27, 237-304
Rightness: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, chapter 2; Utilitarianism, chapters 1-2
While the master class focused on specific chapters (mainly to limit the amount of reading busy managers needed to do!), I encourage you read the entire book if you can.
If you can arrange a “master class” of your own to discuss with others, I strongly encourage it.