Great leaders progress their careers by continuing to learn. To help you on your ascent to the top, we’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 books every business leader should read this year. From biographies and personal growth to productivity hacks and leadership, our list highlights books written by elite business leaders you won’t want to miss.
1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
This New York Times Bestseller tells Elon Musk’s story of life and business. Not only is it riveting and influential, this biography shares the portrait of an entrepreneur in his failures and triumphs – both business and personal. Start with this one if you’re looking for inspiration on being original, creative, and a great leader.
2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't
If you have yet to read this book, this is the year to go for it. Using a research team, author Jim Collins set out to answer the question, “What takes a company from good to great?” He analyzed successful companies to find the elements that set them apart, and he shared the results in this fantastic book.
Take his ideas and apply them to your company. Anyone running a business or making key company decisions needs this on their shelf.
3. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
As a business leader, managing a team is an important part of your job. Making sure your employees are happy can make your job easier, and this book can help.
You’ll learn why and how approaching management differently can inspire your team to work harder and feel fulfilled, making your employees the few that can say “I love my job.”
4. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Originals, written by Adam Grant, is the kind of book that teaches you to think creatively. By giving you real-world examples, this book shows you how you can nurture new ideas in your life and your workplace.
Grant has advised Google and Disney Pixar, and he shares those same ideas with you in this book. You can bring the power of that knowledge to your company.
Have you ever wondered how your productivity would change if you cut out all sugar and caffeine? What if you lived in isolation for a week and a half? Author Chris Bailey tested it all out for you.
Through his experiments, you’ll see how you can accomplish more and live a better life as a whole. This easy read will quickly get you started with tricks and ideas to spend more productive days.
6. Sales Management. Simplified.: The Straight Truth About Getting Exceptional Results from Your Sales Team
Any sales manager or person who works closely with sales managers can benefit from giving this book a read. Author Mike Weinberg proves that a failing sales team usually comes from problems with its leadership and how you as a leader can solve them.
No matter what problems your sales team may face, you can find a potential solution in this book.
7. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Whether you consider yourself a creative person or far from one, the concepts behind original thinking remain important. This book shows you that the ideas of creativity and innovation are within you, and bringing them out can yield more productive and successful lives.
You’ll learn how to unleash “the creative potential within” and apply those concepts to business.
Do you really know what motivates your employees, or even yourself? This book shows you that what drives us is not always obvious.
So as a business leader, what do you do to move your company forward? Author Daniel Pink explains the science behind what motivates humans, and how you can put this knowledge into action at work.
9. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
Washington Post named this a book every leader should read. Why? It turns out the most successful people are a certain type of giver.
Wondering what type of giver you might be? Find out! If you don’t like the answer, don’t worry. Author Adam Grant explains how to change your habits to find the balance between give and take. Through that, you’ll find how to lead your company and team successfully.
Are you a “multiplier” or a “diminisher?” Depending on which one, you could be empowering your employees or keeping them from performing to the best of their ability. Learn to cultivate a workplace of smart employees by building on strengths — theirs and yours.
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