Best Books for Chief People Officers

As a Chief People Officer, you play a vital role in creating a positive and productive work culture, developing and retaining top talent, and driving organizational success.  Top people leaders work hard to stay up-to-date on the best practices in the field of talent and organizational development. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books that offer insights, advice, and inspiration from experts in the field.

Top Books for Chief People Officers and HR Professionals

In this blog post, we’ll highlight some of the books that should be on your list as a Chief People Officer.

  1. Talent Makers: How the Best Organizations Win through Structured and Inclusive Hiring by Daniel Chait and Jon Stross is great reading for anyone who “wants to compete for top talent, diversify their organization, and build winning teams.” 
  2. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle: This book offers a guide to building and maintaining a positive and productive organizational culture, drawing on the latest research and real-world examples. 
  3. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson: This book offers practical advice and techniques for effectively communicating during high-stakes situations, such as performance evaluations, difficult conversations, and conflict resolution.
  4. Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans is the perfect read for Chief People Officers who want to create a workplace environment that fosters employee happiness and retention. 
  5. Just Work: Get Sh*t Done, Fast & Fair by Kim Scott and Trier Bryant is for those who want to learn about the harm of bias on an organization and have practical tools for building inclusive spaces that perform. 

These are some of the many excellent books available for Chief People Officers. Remember that the books that are best for you depend on your priorities, goals, and challenges as a Chief People Officer. Happy reading!


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