Best books for CIOs | Top reads on digital transformation and leadership


We reveal some of the top books offering advice on leadership, business transformation and innovation

There are countless books on business and leadership claiming to transform you into an omnipotent leader 'in 3 easy steps'. But which ones actually work?

To help sift through the cliches, we've compiled a list of some great books on digital transformation, open data and leadership in a digital age (to name a few).

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1. CISO Desk Reference Guide: A Practical Guide for CISOs

Written by Matt Stamper, Bill Bonney and Gary Hayslip, CISO Desk Reference Guide offers a practical guide for new CISOs, aspiring CISOs as well as CIOs, CTOs and CFOs interested in the field of cyber security.

Stamper, Bonnet and Hayslip highlight the growing threat of cyber security and how the role of CISO has both emerged and will continue to be vital in businesses. This book also depicts the current challenges facing CISOs and how the role is evolving.

2. The Essential CIO: Why The CIO Needs To Act Like The CEO

In this book, former Kantar Group CIO Matthew Graham-Hyde discusses the challenges facing CIOs and how they can be addressed and overcome. The changes in IT and the way in which IT leadership has, and will continue to change should be a top priority for CIOs today. And with tech giants such as Amazon and Google rewriting the 'IT rulebook', Graham-Hyde explains why the role of CIO needs to change in order to survive.

3. Reclaiming Conversation - the Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle offers great insight into why business leaders should optimise face-to-face conversations rather than sending an email or a text. She discusses why we shouldn't shy away from conversations in the digital world as doing so can impact greatly on our relationships, creativity, and productivity.

Based on five years of research, Turkle believes that we now understand the limitations of technology and that now is time to reclaim human conversation.