Best Books by Leaders ~ Jack Welch

Books by Leaders

JackwelchJack Welch is a legendary leader and an author ever in business history. He is a commentator, business executive and was a chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. After his retirement in 2001, he traveled around the world – speaking with more than 250,000 people on the wide range of topics. He has written philosophical and pragmatic books that boost people at every level of an organization. Here are some of his best books.

– Winning ~ Jack Welch & Suzy Welch: Jack Welch’s main goal is to help everyone who has the passion to succeed. This book is packed with Jack Welch’s personal anecdotes on original thinking, solution to every problem that will change the people the way they think about work. In the introduction of the book, he highlights the importance of values, candor, differentiation, and voice and dignity for all. The book is split into three sections:

  • In the first section, Jack Welch talks about leadership, how to pick winners in the organization to make change happen.
  • In the second section, he talks on outside the organization – competition with strategies, mergers and the Six Sigma.
  • In the last section, he talks about the career i.e., right from finding a job to a work-life balance.

Prominent Reviews on this book:

  • “Reading Jack Welch’s plain language, high-energy book Winning is like getting the playbook of the Super Bowl Champions before the game. It’s a big head start on how to master the corporate game form the entry level to the corporate suites, He is the master” ~ Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor, NBC Nightly News
  • “When you talk with Jack about management, his energy and passion fill the room, You get a similar experience with this book – the same qualities jump at you from every page.” ~ Warren. Buffett, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
  • “A candid and comprehensive look at how to succeed in business-for everyone from college graduates to CEOs” ~ Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft Coroporation

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– Winning: The Answers: Confronting 74 of the Toughest Questions in Business Today ~ Jack Welch & Suzy Welch
In this management book, Jack Welch sparked off questions from college students, business professionals, entrepreneurs’ treatise on fundamentals of business practices and many more. It is a best management book worth to place it in your bookshelf. This book is split into six sections:

  • The first section talks about “Global competition” like getting global before it gets you, why Paris is burned and so on.
  • The second section talks about “Leadership – on being a better boss” outlining ‘Are the leaders are born or made’, the leadership mindset, Winning the Whining game, Building the Trust from top down, etc.
  • The third section talks about the “Management principles and practices” outlining on getting the best people, the danger of doing nothing, the real job of HR, paying big time on failure, etc.
  • The fourth section talks about the “Careers” outlining on what, should I do with the rest of my life? I am who am I, The bad boss no brainier, why can’t I get hired, etc.
  • The fifth section talks about the “Private held” outlining on the consequences of cashing out, bringing the outside in, etc.
  • The sixth section talks about the “Winning and losing” – outlines on what do you call winning? The real verdict on business, What to tell the grand children, etc.

Prominent Reviews on this book:

  • “There is a lifetime of wisdom about business, and life, packed into Jack Welch’s Winning. It is unquestionably the best management book to come along in a while – breezy, concrete, and spiced with the right amount of humility and refreshingly void of management hokum.” ~ The Washington Post
  • “In Winning Welch dispenses the sharp-edged business acumen that earned him a reputation as a daunting corporate reader. He is giving back what he learned and not just to follow CEOs. He is able to write a book that might just reach the rest of us.” ~ USA Today
  • “An engaging, free flowing book that every executive should read.” ~ Business Today

– Jack: Straight from the Gut ~ Jack Welch and John A. Byrne
This remarkable autobiography is full of anecdotes and insights explaining that management is an art and a discipline that can be learned, improved and mastered. It is a story about a man who is demanding best from others and from himself. The book is split into five sections:

  • The first section talks about “Early Years” outlining on building self-confidence, getting out of the pile, blowing the roof off, swimming in bigger pond, etc.
  • The second section talks about “Building a philosophy” outlines on dealing with reality and superficial congeniality, the visiting thing, the people factory, Boundary less: Taking ideas to the bottom line, etc.
  • The third section talks about “ups and downs” – outlines too full of myself, when to fight and when to fold, etc.
  • The fourth section talks about “Game changers” and outlines on globalization, six sigma and beyond, E-business etc.
  • In the fifth section talks about “Looking backward and looking forward” – Go home Mr. Welch, What this CEO thing all about, etc.

Prominent Reviews on this books:

  • “All CEOs want to emulate Jack Welch. They won’t be able to, but they’ll come closer if they listen carefully to what he has to say.” ~ Warren Buffet, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
  • “True confessions of a CEO…of interest to anyone who really cares about business.” ~ Newsday
  • “Jack Welch gave team leadership new meaning as he took an industrial giant and turned it into an industrial colossus with a heart and a soul and a brain.” ~ Michael D. Eisner, chairman and CEO The Walt Disney Company

Jack Welch is a legendary leader of business industry who taught us many lessons on management, business and leadership.

As a small business owner, it is imperative to have skills to boost yourself and your employees for the business’s success. Reading these books helps you build qualities that are essential to run your business.