The best leaders are also voracious readers. If you want to become better at managing yourself and others, take a page from Nobel Prize winners, editors-in-chief, economists, and government leaders—and refresh your library with books that span subjects and genres. For more reading inspiration, take a peek at the bookshelves of McKinsey leaders—including global managing partner Bob Sternfels, senior partner Tracy Francis, and senior partner Sven Smit—and check out our full 2022 summer reading guide for even more.

Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy by Henry Kissinger

On Photography by Susan Sontag

The Age of Unpeace: How Connectivity Causes Conflict by Mark Leonard

Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law by Haben Girma

The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing by John Perry

Picks from McKinsey leaders

The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld by Herbert Asbury –Bob Sternfels, Global managing partner

The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats—and Our Response—Will Change the World by Ian Bremmer –Tracy Francis, Senior partner

Republic by Plato –Sven Smit, Senior partner

From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life by Arthur C. Brooks –Gautam Kumra, Senior partner

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates –Magnus Tyreman, Senior partner