One of the keys to becoming successful in business management is to stay up to date with the ever-evolving strategies, theories, and practices. With so many resources available, it can be difficult to know where to turn for the most reliable, helpful information. To make it easier, we’ve put together a list of our favorite 15 business management books, guaranteed to educate and inspire.
These books cover a diverse range of topics, including communication, leadership, strategy, innovation, and more. Each has been penned by some of the most respected experts in their field and is brimming with actionable insights and valuable advice. So, whether you are a seasoned business professional or just starting your journey, these books are amazing assets to help you succeed in today’s fast-paced business world.
Our top 15 business books to add to your library
Without further ado, here are our 15 favorite business books. How many have you read?
1. “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
This book is all about focus and prioritizing what’s most important to you in order to achieve greater success. By focusing your energy and resources on one thing at a time, you can achieve your goals by cutting out distractions and focusing on what really matters. With more than 500 appearances on national bestseller lists, it’s not hard to see why this is such a popular read.
2. “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Acho
This international bestseller is all about using “positive psychology” to fuel your success and work performance. We face more stress and negativity in our daily lives than ever before, both at home and in the office. This book teaches us to think about happiness differently and to rewire our brains for optimism and positivity.
3. “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There” by Marshall Goldsmith
Author and highly regarded executive coach Marshall Goldsmith understands what it takes to climb the final few rungs on the corporate ladder. While there are plenty of skilled, smart, charismatic leaders out there, only a small number of them ever reach the very top. In this book, Goldsmith explains what it takes to put yourself in that elite group.
4. “Eat That Frog” by Brian Tracy
If you’re a serial procrastinator, this book is for you. It contains 21 actionable tips and insights to overcome procrastination habits and boost your productivity. Eat that Frog explains to readers how to organize each day to focus on the most critical tasks, even if they aren’t the ones you enjoy the most…
5. “You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar” by David Mattson and David Sandler
Calling all sellers – here’s an amazing book for you. You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar will question your approach to sales, and help to make you and your team better sellers. Learn why it’s important to speak less than your prospects, how to use LinkedIn as a sales tool, and much more. A must-read for sales professionals!
6. “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek
This New York Times bestseller is an incredible read for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills. Author Simon Sinek has worked with organizations around the world and understands what it takes to create an engaged, invested, and inspired workforce. Full of personal stories and actionable advice, this is a great read for those in leadership roles.
7. “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable” by Patrick M. Lencioni
Great teamwork is critical for business success, but very difficult to achieve. Patrick Lencioni’s book delivers advice regarding how to overcome the types of behaviors that are toxic to teamwork, including a lack of trust, fear of conflict, inattention to results, and others. If you feel as though you’re not getting the most from your team, these insights can help you become a better team leader.
8. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
If only it was that simple! Napoleon Hill’s book is a motivational read that was first published in 1937 and has since been updated with 21st-century relevance. The original version utilized Thomas Edison and Henry Ford as inspiration, while the updated version explores how individuals like Bill Gates and Mary Kay Ash achieved their wealth.
9. “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephan R. Covey
This captivating book has impacted the lives of CEOs, educators, and parents for three decades. Another New York Times bestseller on our list, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People explores mental techniques and offers actionable principles to increase effectiveness. The book provides step-by-step approaches to solving both professional and personal problems.
10. “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion” by Robert B. Cialdini Ph.D.
In his New York Times bestselling book, author Robert B. Caildini explains the psychology behind why we say “yes”, and how you can apply these principles in a business setting. With a focus on influence and persuasion psychology, this book touches on some hot topics in business today, like the importance of social proof and the power of scarcity.
11. “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter” by Liz Wiseman
This highly-acclaimed Wall Street Journal bestseller explores why some leaders drain intelligence and capacity from their teams, while other leaders are able to amplify these traits to ensure the success of all involved. This book will change the way you lead with engaging and highly practical advice that can have a dramatically positive effect on your organization.
12. “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink
Looking for some tips to get the most out of your team? It’s all about finding ways to motivate the talent around you, but what motivates people? That’s the topic Daniel H. Pink addresses, and the results aren’t necessarily what you would think. This book outlines the importance of autonomy and mastery, and how you can put these into action.
13. “How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life” by John C. Maxwell
Are there certain traits that set successful people apart? Wall Street Journal bestselling author and leadership expert John C. Maxwell believes that the way individuals think plays a big role in their success, and wants to teach you some tips to change your thinking. The advice in this book can change the way you work, and help you to know when to question popular thinking.
14. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth’s instant New York Times bestseller teaches readers the secret of success. Angela believes that the secret isn’t necessarily raw talent, but is actually a blend of persistence and passion – this is what she refers to as “grit”. If you’re looking to learn how to unlock your inner grit, this is the book for you.
15. “Influence: Science and Practice” by Robert Cialdini
Last but not least on our business book list is a classic from Robert Cialdini. Influence: Science and Practice explores the psychology of compliance, and why we say “yes” when other people request things from us. This book combines practical insight with a lot of scientific research and can help you leverage the power of persuasion in your day-to-day business operations.
There you have it! Our favorite business books offer a wealth of knowledge and practical advice that can help you develop your leadership, innovation, strategy, and communication skills. By implementing the insights and techniques from these books, you will be better equipped to navigate the challenges of the business world and achieve your goals. Your future self will thank you!