A sign of a great leader is the constant thirst to learn, and through reading, you will not only show your employers that you want to continue to grow both within and outside the corporation. By reading these books, you will not only improve vocabulary, but expand your point of view and make you a generally more educated person as well.
Take a minute and think about the most successful people you know or may have heard of. You can almost bet they are super productive, think differently than most, and highly influential. You can learn some of the same schools they have by reading some of the best books to impress your employer.
Here are 10 top books that successful entrepreneurs suggested themselves and have passed on to their employees. Use the gift of word to help you get yourself ahead of the work game.
1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
This book is one of the most powerful books to be read, as it shows us how exactly leaders should lead. Start with why reveals what separates great companies and leaders from the rest. It provides inspiration to help build yourself along with your business, and a must read for any employer who struggles to create a long-term vision and guiding principles for their organization.
2. Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results by Cy Wakeman
Cy Wakeman explains the difficulties and frustration in the workplace at an all-time high due to circumstances and employees. She goes on to explain that leaders aren’t helping as they should, as leaders often expect others to add value when they themselves do not. In this book you will find a brutally honest description of how lack of personal accountability is rampant in the work force. This book will inspire and motivate you to use common sense as both a leader and an employee.
3. Ask by Ryan Levesque
This book is not like any marketing blue print text, but more like a paradigm shift type book that gives you a whole new perspective on what you do and how to do it better and more effectively. In this book, Levesque reveals his revolutionary ASK formula, in full detail. It offers a more personalized touch approach to selling to customers that makes them feel like you are speaking directly to them while increasing communication and online sales at the same time.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie explains how personal communication and interest can make you a friend out of anyone. Though it was written in the 1930’s, it is still highly recommended up to now. He also explains that there are still some people that are impossible to get along with, but to remind yourself that are you experiencing exactly why Carnegie did and to move on to more decent people.
5. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
In this interesting book, Duhigg tackles an important reality; that people succeed when they identify patterns that shape their lives and learn to how to change them. The main idea is to change your habits. Duhigg goes into full detail about the habits of individuals, how habits operate the brain, and companies use them to manipulate buying habits. The writer’s main contention is that “you have the freedom and responsibility to makeover your habits.”
6. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman
In this book, Liz Wiseman exposes two different types of persons whom she characterizes as a “multiplier” and the “diminisher.” Although she mainly refers to them as leaders, suggesting supervisory responsibilities, she describes “multipliers” to extract full capability of their own and as well as others. They demonstrate the five disciplines; talent magnet, liberator, challenger, debate maker, and investor. While the Diminishers underutilize talent and resources, they demonstrate the five disciples of disciplines: the empire builder, tyrant, know-it-all, decision maker, and a micro manager.
7. Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried
Rework is different from any other business book. It doesn’t contain any secrets, or fancy business terms, in fact they mock most of those in the book. This book is short and straight to the point. The great thing about reading this is that everything makes sense and it’s applicable to your job. Rework is definitely a must read for those starting a business, running a business or just in a cubicle job as it applies to everyone.
8. Focal Point by Brian Tracy
Focal Point explains how users can unlock their full potential in the work field, and using the system to double your productivity and simplify your work life. This book is considered motivational but also provides more of a how-to. Brian Tracy focus points consist of values, vision, goals, knowledge and skills, habits, daily activities and actions. This is the perfect book if you want to strengthen your work life, effectiveness, and even happiness in your job.
9. Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Considered as a manual for success, this book describes simple actionable advice to use for self-improvement. The simple actions are to build confidence, think and dream creatively, be what you think, manage your environment, make your attitude your allies, develop the action habit, turn defeats into victory, use goals to help you grow, and think like a leader. This book is for anyone who wants more out of life, with business, career growth, and leadership.
10. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
How Google works provides us with an insightful windows to one of the most successful companies of modern times. The main focal point of Google’s policies are that evidence matters, recruitment of smart creative, and the freedom to explore – which this combination any business can have success. Anyone curious about modern business should read this book.
Be sure to get your hands on at least a few of these books and pass it around to your boss and colleagues – a good book will always impress your employer.
Kiara Halligan enjoys her work as a tutor at Aussiewriter. She spends her free time investigating last technology and networking trends to share her knowledge with others.