Insights by Stanford Business shares titles provided by Scotty McLennan, a Stanford Lecturer, for his course “that uses literature as the basis for examining the moral and spiritual aspects of leadership and business.” You can read the post and/or watch a video where professor McLennan discusses various titles. Here are a few mentioned in the post:

  • Siddhartha, a novel by Hermann Hesse, “Written in the first part of the 20th century, it is set in the time of the Buddha but is contemporary in many ways. McLennan says this is a great book for studying work-life balance and what it means to truly live well.”
  • “The ‘American dream’ books, which examine the costs and the rewards of success: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and The Last Tycoon; Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and All My Sons; and numerous works by Jane Smiley and Flannery O’Connor.”
  • The Stranger, The Plague, or The Fall by Albert Camus, “for when you need to ‘reset your thinking'”
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, “for a helpful study of the difference between East and West”
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