Tony Zeiss’ wide love of books stems from many sources. The president of Central Piedmont Community College has a home library filled with about 2,000 of them. His wife, Beth, is a librarian.
And Zeiss has authored more than 20 books, including “Build Your Own Ladder,” offering career guidance, and “The Nine Laws for Becoming Influential,” where he surveyed CEOs from companies of all sizes on what makes great leaders and successful careers.
His other favorite books on business include “In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best Run Companies,” by Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman.
Zeiss said when he was growing up, his father, who was involved in Toastmasters and Dale Carnegie leadership programs, enjoyed sharing books with him. Among them: “The Power of Positive Thinking,” by Norman Vincent Peale, and “See You at the Top,” by motivational speaker Zig Zigler, who wrote more than 30 books. Zeiss said he later became a member of Zigler’s executive board for eight years. Zigler died last week at age 86.
“He was an American icon, ” Zeiss said. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, heard him, or read his great books.”