7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Convey
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People is one of the most popular non-fiction books in the last fifty years. The book covers… well… the seven habits that highly effective people have (funnily enough).
Those habits are:
- Habit 1: Be Proactive
- Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind
- Habit 3: Put First Things First
- Habit 4: Think Win-Win
- Habit 5: Seek First To Understand Then Be Understood
- Habit 6: Synergize
- Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw
You can read our summary of the book here if you’d like more information.
The Coaching Habit – Michael Bungay Stanier
Coaching your employees is a way to develop as a leader. In The Coaching Habit, Michael Stanier shows how to become a better and more consistent coach.
The book explores the seven essential coaching questions needed to achieve more by saying less.
Leadership is more about listening than it is talking, and The Coaching Habit is a great book for anyone looking to improve their coaching.
You can read our summary of the book here.
How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie may be THE quintessential self-help book. While it isn’t necessarily written as a leadership text, the skills from the classic book translate to becoming a better leader.
If you’ve never read How To Win Friends And Influence People, you should at least read our summary.
Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink
There isn’t a lot that is more extreme than the NAVY SEALS!! In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink discusses the leadership techniques and concept that SEAL use to achieve extraordinary results and how they can be translated.
Yes, that is every part as badass as it sounds.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz shares his wisdom and experiences about starting and leading a business.
While a lot of business authors talk about the best parts of running a business and being a leader, The Hard Thing About Hard Things talks about all the troubles that every entrepreneur goes through and how to overcome them.
The Paradox Of Choice – Barry Schwartz
Choice is always seen as a good thing. The more choice, the better. But, is that really the case?
In The Paradox Of Choice, Barry Schwarts teaches that too much choice can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up to fail with expectations that are far too large, and worst of all, it can make you blame yourself if there’s a failure…. After all, you’re the one who chose it.
This book is a great insight to the decisions you sometimes have to make as a leader.
On Becoming A Leader – Warren Bennis
One of the key researchers in all things leadership, Warren Bennis is of the core belief that leaders aren’t born, they’re made.
On Becoming A Leader has a focus on Bennis’ life of work on leadership and how you can use it to become a better leader.
An engaging read that even experienced leaders will learn something from.
Reboot – Jerry Colonna
Jerry Colonna is a venture capitalist turned executive coach who helps CEOs and successful entrepreneurs overcome any psychological trauma they may be facing and become more successful.
In Reboot, Colonna gives an insight into his unusual but incredibly successful methods.
The Score Takes Care Of Itself – Bill Walsh
Bill Walsh changed NFL Football. In Walsh’s tremendous coaching career, he turned the San Francisco 49ers from the league’s laughing stock into perennial Superbowl contenders.
Prior to the legendary coaches’ death, he had a series of sit-down interviews where he discussed his views on leadership. Those interviews make up the book, The Score Will Take Care Of Itself.
Leading – Sir Alex Ferguson
Speaking of great sports coaches, Sir Alex Ferguson’s Leading covers the iconic managers rise from Scotland to managing Manchester United to more wins than any other manager.
Sir Alex’s leadership mentality has been expertly translated into business. You’ll learn a lot about culture setting, hiring, and everything else that is important when it comes to leading.
Radical Candor – Kim Scott
As far as a practical guide to leading goes, Radical Candor is one of the best.
The book is a straight shooting, no nonsense, no pontificating approach to how to be a kickass Manager!
Radical Candor is great for leaders of all levels and walks through some foundational things way that doesn’t make you feel stupid.
The best part is that the book gets into how to actually establish trust with your direct reports. As in “say this” and “do this”.
Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
Part biology book, part leadership book, in Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek explores this unique ability humans have to work together and how leaders make that process happen.
Sinek goes deep and even examines the chemicals that course through us; the ones that tell us we are happy, sad, angry or stressed.
These emotions are the ones leaders must harness to develop and create change.
Astroball – Ben Reiter
Note, you don’t have to like Baseball to read Astroball.
Not only a narrative on how the joke of the MLB became world series champs, the book is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at so many and varied decision making processes that are made in business. The author does a great job of following good and poor decisions, explaining the processes and the people.
There is so much from this book that you can take with you into your own business.
Find Your Why – Simon Sinek
So many books on this list aim to narrow-down and cover a lot of the how-tos in business. However, Find Your Why offers so much more.
A big picture that we often forget about.
Without a why you can find yourself drifting from one opportunity to the next, with nothing more than fleeting excitement for a new idea.
This book will give you that starting point and your North Star with your business and your life.
You can read our summary of the book here.
Best Mindset Books
As a business owner, your mindset can be what makes or breaks you in the long run.
When looking at the best business books of all time, you’ve got to cover mindset books too.
There are a lot of things which can go a little off – or completely mess up – like imposter syndrome, cluttered mind, self-defeating mindset and everything in between.
These books will give you a slight start on how to overcome some of the common business mindset issues.
Unlimited Memory – Kevin Horsley
As a general rule of thumb, I try to avoid books that make some crazy overarching statement in it’s title, as it usually writes cheques that the book can’t cash.
However, Unlimited Memory is a little different.
One of the best-selling non-fiction books on Amazon, Unlimited Memory is a book that lives up to the promises it sets.
You’ll learn the skills that the world’s best memory artists use to remember stupidly long things in a crazy short amount of time.
Just make sure you don’t stop reading at the beginning. The first few chapters are motivational, and focus on getting past your inhibitions and self-limiting mindsets. It is in part two where the real magic happens.
Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday
Everybody has a little bit of an ego. Don’t worry, it isn’t just you.
In Ego Is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday gives a practical view of ego compared to traditional scientific views of ego. This makes the book far more relatable than a lot of others that focus on a similar topic. Ego Is The Enemy defines ego as, “an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centred ambition.”
The book is broken down into three main parts that give tips and guidance on dealing with ego, with the use of real-life examples throughout history and literature;
Part I – Aspire
Part II – Success
Part III – Failure
Declutter Your Mind – S.J. Scott
As a business owner, your life is more than likely crazy at the best of times. You’re constantly burning the midnight oil and seem to never stop thinking.
Declutter Your Mind offers a nice little handbook for learning how to simplify your life and live more “in-the-moment.”
Instead forcing the their reasons down your throat, the author gives you simple and followable exercises that you can do straight away.
The book is quite a quick read, which is perfect for the problem that it’s solving.
Think Straight – Darius Foroux
In Think Straight, Darius Foroux offers a potential solution to our busy minds.
The book offers insights on practical thinking that may help you in your personal and professional life. Foroux’s writing is straightforward and mixes theoretical thinking (referencing both old and new authors) with his personal experiences.
Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
I have often found that Finding good books about emotions and feelings can be challenging. Most books are either too sweet, too ethereal, too bland or just off the mark.
Daring Greatly a book about your vulnerability and how to lean into it.
While there can be parts that are a bit repetitive, Brown’s writing style suits the book well and you truly feel as though you’re both on the same side.
If you’re one who constantly battles shame, then you’ll get a lot from Daring Greatly.
The Dip – Seth Godin
The Dip by Seth Godin focuses on those little areas of shitness in business and in life.
You’re going to go through hard times as a business owner. Knowing when to stick with it and when to quit is so important.
Sure, quitting may go against your own values but The Dip explores the concept that if what you’re doing isn’t working for you, then sometimes the only way you can get ahead is by quitting.
The book is mostly reflected upon the business world, but I can definitely see some real-life applications.
You can read our summary of The Dip here.
Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This book is another one of the classics. Think And Grow Rich may very well be the first ever book on the law of attraction.
Even if being wealthy isn’t your end goal, this book will be helpful in creating proactive strategies for mentally attacking life’s challenges and as whilst maintaining a positive mental attitude.
If you’d like to know more about the book, you can read our summary here.
The Obstacle Is The Way – Ryan Holiday
While the book isn’t entirely full of new thoughts, The Obstacle Is The Way is a great modern stoic text that makes stoicism more relatable.
Stoicism is the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or trouble through determination and resilience. Stoics focus on what they can control and not what they can’t. Stoics turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to improve.
If you’re interested in the text, you can read our summary here.
The 48 Laws Of Power – Robert Greene
All you need to do is go to the Amazon listing for this book and see the sheer amount of five-star reviews and the one-star reviews to work out that this book is polarizing to say the least.
The 48 Laws Of Power dives into the power game that everyone is constantly playing.
There’s no real escape to the power game and thinking you can “not participate” is as dumb as thinking that you could somehow escape the earth’s gravity or make the sun stand still.
The book is almost like the ‘fight club’ for business and has plenty of previously unspoken rules.
Tribe Of Mentors – Tim Ferris
Before we start, if you’re a Tim Ferris fan and want a book written by him, then Tribe Of Mentors may be a little disappointing for you.
However, if you’re looking for some guidance and are a fan of the basic concept of asking great questions to accomplished people then this is a book that you’ll love.
Ferris asked over 100 high performers the following questions and recorded answers:
- Were my goals my own, or simply what I thought I should want?
- How much of life had I missed from under planning or overplanning?
- How could I be kinder to myself?
- How could I better say “no” to the trivial many to better say “yes” to the critical few?
- How could I best reassess my priorities and my purpose in this world?
You can read our summary of the book here.
The 10x Rule – Grant Cardone
This book is a kick up the backside that almost everyone needs.
As far as books designed to motivate, The 10x Rule is one of the better ones.
This book is all about creating lofty goals and taking massive action to reach them.
Warning, this book has some cursing in it. However, if you’re gotten this far in and have read this website before, you’re probably okay with that.
If you want to read our summary, click here.