If you are planning to lead for a living, Glion Ambassador, Leena Jamal, shares four insightful books hospitality students can read to improve their leadership skills and knowledge. Perfect for now and throughout your summer vacation. Over to Leena…

Instead of wearing our well-ironed suits and placing our nametags across our chests ready to go to class, we now scramble to lift our heads off our pillows, looking for our laptops to hastily join our remote classes. From barely having enough time to prepare for our projects with other group members, we now have what seems to be all the time in the world.

The question is, how can we invest our time efficiently during this unprecedented, social distancing period? The following four books are insightful reads that you might want to consider to increase your knowledge on the hospitality industry, or to enhance your soft skills as a leader in the industry.


Book #1 – Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson

As bizarre as the title of this book might seem, this motivational business fable was written to inspire readers on how to deal with change in their professional or personal lives. There’s no better time to read this short book and take away the key ideas that the creative characters express. Change is inevitable, the question is, how will you react to it?


Book #2 – The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy, by Leigh Gallagher

There’s no better insight than a behind-the-scenes account of three of the world’s most famous hospitality pioneers; the creators of the largest online accommodation provider, Airbnb. This book illustrates a real life, inspiring example of entrepreneurship, and how determination and strategy both make the impossible, possible.


Book #3 – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

In this old yet gold book, we take the time to appreciate that a little self-improvement in our professional and personal lives goes a long way. Adapting the discussed seven habits can be an incubator to making better decisions and reaching your goals. What habits are you adapting to help you become a better leader in the industry?

“It’s definitely not a one-time read. I make it a point to go through the book cover to cover every now and then, looking for points I may have missed.”


semester six student, Bulle campus

Book #4 – The Story of Hilton Hotels: ‘Little Americas’, by Barbara Czyżewska

Last but not least, Glion’s very own Luxury Brand Management professor, Barbara Czyżewska, tells the story behind the spirit and innovation of Hilton Hotels. She demonstrates her insightful research on the hospitality industry through profound analyses and narratives, making her book a valuable source of information for hoteliers around the world. You included!

So, there you have it – four insight-packed reasons not to waste your free time during the lockdown and your summer break. Read, learn and implement!


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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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