The Top 8 Business and Leadership Books to Add to Your Library

Updated: Mar 7

Whether you are just starting down your career path or well into it, one of the most important things you can do is gain perspectives and of advice from people who have done it before. By reading about other people’s experiences, not only will you gain insights on how to set yourself up for success, but give you a chance to reflect on your own goals and your plans to achieve them.

Whenever I coach executives, I try and recommend a book that I think best suits their personalities, goals and where they are at in their career journey. That said, these are my top 8 books that I would recommend to any executive regardless of where they are at in their pathway;

1. The Buddha and the Badass Vishen Lakihiani

About harnessing the archetype of the spiritual master and the change-maker, anyone feeling stuck or stagnant in their career would get a lot out of this book. It will show you how to work with purpose and live with ease and peace.

2. Ready Fire Aim Michael Masterson

I would recommend this book to anyone looking to start a new business or grow an existing one. Masterson takes you through the steps necessary to grow an empire with a solid foundation. With decades of experience and multimillion-dollar companies under his belt, I think this is well worth reading regardless of your circumstance.

3. The Miracle Morning Hal Elrod

This book is focused on achieving your goals by changing the way you approach every day of your life. Reading this at any stage of your career and life will provide you with an important routine that will help you no matter what your goals are. I would encourage everyone to read this.

4. The Alter Ego Effect Todd Herman

Self-doubt is one of the most significant contributors to holding people back from reaching their potential. If you have big dreams but doubt your ability to achieve them, read this book. It’s not about faking it until you make it; it’s about finding the potential inside of yourself and playing off your strengths.

5. Extreme Ownership Jacko Willink & Leif Babin

Leadership is an essential skill in business, and it’s a skill many people struggle with. No matter how hard you try, you cannot do it alone. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to firm up their leadership skills.

6. Learned Optimism Martin Seligman

I am a firm believer in the idea that a person is at their most productive if they are enjoying what they do and have a positive work-life balance. This book is a great read for everyone because it teaches you to enhance the quality of your own life, which is what your ultimate goal should be.

7. Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill

A tried and true classic with a history that speaks for itself. This book will give you a comprehensive understanding of almost every aspect of a business and how to effectively play your role.

8. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind Vishen Lakhiani

Creating and maintaining habits that positively impact your life is a foundational element to making real effective changes in your professional life and career. If you struggle with organisation and efficiency, this book will teach you how to break away from that.

Taking time to reflect on your career and your goals can be an incredibly effective tool in planning for them. Gaining others’ perspectives through experience and advice will allow you a chance to take an objective view on your plans for your company, career and your actions.

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