Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella offers reading list for tech and leadership knowledge

Satya Nadella at Build 2018
Satya Nadella at Build 2018 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft's CEO outlined five books he read in 2021.
  • These books range from "Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity" to "Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard."
  • They informed him on the values of diversity, what good leadership looks like, and much more.

Some people write books. Others read them. Whichever side of the fence you land on, the important thing is that you're keeping the medium alive. And you know who else is doing that? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Over at Fast Company, he gave an update on five books he read this year. They were Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle, Utopia or Oblivion: The Prospects for Humanity by R. Buckminster Fuller, The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values by Brian Christian, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies by Scott E. Page, and Power of Creative Destruction by Philippe Aghion, Celine Antonin, and Simon Bunel.

The topics of the books range from the values of diversity to lattice shell structures, so head on over to the full writeup to find out why Nadella read each of the aforementioned titles. What's important is that the books have all inspired him and, in some way, helped shape his leadership style at Microsoft. Many cite him as an example of a successful leader, so the books may be of value to those who want to glean the broad strokes of his style.

On the flip side of that same coin, there is no writeup on the five books fellow tech CEO Bobby Kotick used to help inform his leadership strategy. If such a book list arises, we'll be sure to update this post.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to

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    We must push for a socialist Constitutional direct liquid democracy.
    End private property and copyrights.
    End passive income.
    Push for personal property and open source
    Push for planned economy with ai and online sensors and use automation to automate as many jobs as fast as possible.
    and shared work Aka 4hour work days or 3 days a week with same pay level and more employees. And push for automation as fast as possible
    Aka a new version of socialism . And we must end capitalism .
    There is the worker class aka proletariat and the owner class aka the bourgeoisie and they are not are not are friends the rich are the enemies that's why they steal from us oppress us.
    Their wealth is our poverty
    Their power is our weakness
    Their control is our helplessness
    Their existence is our Extinction .
    We Couldn't reform monarchy or the religion that is why we had to take away all their power.
    We can't reform capitalism and the bourgeoisie to serve the masses will. just like we couldn't with the others thats why we must move to socialism constitutional direct liquid democracy where we the masses / worker's have the power it's always so sad just like in the past when you saw peasants fighting for the right of the monarchy and the royalty to rule over them.
    Even though they're peasants.
    And now today we see workers fighting for the bourgeoisie to own and rule everything including their lives.
    Even though their workers.
    The monarchy promised the peasants eternal life with religion.
    The bourgeoisie promised the workers that they have a chance to become rich too.
    Same Lie different clothing
  • But first we have to get rid of a few people
    Let's start with the religious ones, they have a paradise, heaven, afterlife or whatever they call it. Give it to them. You can't kill them
    Cry for a minute and clean up the **** they created
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  • What's the difference between what Democrats and Republicans do in the US
    They promiss you the American Dream
    So sad that it only works when you're asleep
    You cannot compare the US against the USSR
    Too little differences
    They have propaganda, which is actually is an Austrian/American invention, google Edward Bernais, how to control the masses
    Or the American Advertising Mob and Disney, the moronisator of childrens dreams