Serious leaders who are serious readers build personal libraries dedicated to how to think, not how to compete. [...] Perhaps that is why — more than their sex lives or bank accounts — chief executives keep their libraries private.
Personal libraries have always been a biopsy of power. The empire-loving Elizabeth I surrounded herself with the Roman historians, many of whom she translated, and kept one book under lock and key in her bedroom, in a French translation she alone of her court could read: Machiavelli’s treatise on how to overthrow republics, “The Prince.” Churchill retreated to his library to heal his wounds after being voted out of power in 1945 — and after reading for six years came back to powerC.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success
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