Business Books: Every Person Should Read

Business books are like free education. One thing that almost every successful businessman or women have in common is that they immerse themselves with the brilliance of other minds. Business books are a unique and effective way to learn tips and tricks from successful tycoons, but also to learn from their mistakes, so you don’t have to relive them yourself.

There are thousands of great business books out there that can help you start a business, set and achieve goals, promote your business, manage your finances, and so much more. In fact, there are so many business books on the shelves that it can be overwhelming to determine which are worth reading. Here is a list of 10 inspiring and actionable business books:

1. The Effective Executive. Peter F. Drucker

BOOKS: Every business person should read

Execution is key for Drucker, and that means getting “the right things done.” An oldie but a goodie, this classic still occupies the shelves of many leaders. In it, he explains how although some are natural-born leaders, there are skills that can be developed to make a better executive.

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2. Good to Great by Jim Collins

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't

Can good companies, mediocre companies, or even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? That is the question Jim Collins answers in this book. He shares his extensive research that reveals what it is that makes top companies tick.

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3. Passion & Purpose by Daniel Gulati, John Colman and W. oliver segovia

BOOKS: Every business person should read

In Passion and Purpose, dozens of recent Harvard Business School MBAs share personal stories on assuming the mantle of leadership in ways, unlike any previous generation. In candid accounts of their successes and setbacks from launching start-ups to taking on the family business to helping kids in the Arabian Gulf to harnessing new technology and developing clean energy, they reveal how the next generation of ideas, aspirations, and practices are shaping business and redefining leadership around the world.

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4. Drive by Daniel H. Pink

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

In this book, author Daniel Pink asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction at work, at school, and at home rests with the human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. It’s a great book for getting realigned with your priorities in business and in life.

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5. Giants of Enterprise by Richard Tedlow

Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

Andrew Carnegie. Henry Ford. Sam Walton. Their shadows still tower over national commerce, and Tedlow describes the lives of these true business giants that have undoubtedly changed the world as we know it. The studious business person can learn much from this review of the struggles and successes of these world-renowned leaders.

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6. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point: BOOKS: Every business person should read

Malcolm Gladwell explores tipping points, or the exact moment an idea, trend, or social behaviour crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. The book shows how business owners should change the way they think about selling products.

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7. The Man Who Wanted To Be Happy by Laurent Gounelle

The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy
BOOKS: Every business person should read

The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy explores the world of new possibili­ties available to us when we discover how to break free from whatever prevents us from truly being happy.

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8. Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod

Ignore Everybody: 
BOOKS: Every business person should read

From idea doodles on the backs of cards to his own popular blog, MacLeod has ideas about everything, including standing out from your competitors and the meaning of life. His main subjects here are created and how to foster new ideas. A lively illustrated guide to unleashing your ingenuity.

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9. Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Delivering Happiness

In this book, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more. It’s an interesting, relevant, and inspiring book for all entrepreneurs.

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10. Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

When the founder of PayPal and Palantir and a lead investor of Facebook teaches a class on start-ups, you’d better take good notes. That’s what Masters did while taking a class from Thiel at Stanford, and it led to a groundbreaking book about the importance of unique business ideas.

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