The Secrets of CEOs: 150 Chief Executives Lift the Lid on Business, Life and Leadership

In 2008, Steve co-authored the Secrets of CEOs with Andy Cave. With its foreword written by Sir Richard Branson, the book ranked no. 1 business book on on the day of its launch, and has since been re-released including interviews with John Browne, Baron Browne of MadingleyBen VerwaayenMichael DellNarayana MurthyLiu JirenSir Martin Sorrell and Carolyn McCall

The book explores what it’s really like to be a CEO, key trends shaping the business world, shares CEO best practice, and the world war for talent.The Secrets of CEOs reveals frank insights of the lives of some of the West’s most influential CEOs, such as Tesco’s Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP Group, former BP chief executive Lord Browne, Mick Davis of Xstrata and Ben Verwaayen, formerly of BT.


The Secrets of Chinese CEOs: on Business, Life and Leadership in China


Steve is an expert in Chinese business and is a trusted confidant to many of Western MNCs, as well as being an honoured and trusted friend to many of China’s domestic entrepreneurs.

Through this, Steve became the first westerner to have gained interview access to Chinese CEOs and was able to write The Secrets of Chinese CEOs, offering a rare glimpse into the business worlds and personal lives of some of the most influential leaders in China. Bringing to life their motivations, the book offers an understanding of how Chinese leaders tick, and how to best work with them. It includes stories of rising from the bottom to the top and what it takes in the 21st century to be a successful leader on the global stage.


Upcoming Projects

The BBC CEO Guru Handbook: The Ultimate Guide on how to be a CEO

By Steve Tappin


 The Secrets of Female CEOs: On Business, Life and Leadership

By Steve Tappin and Ana Marinovic


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