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9 Business Leadership Books to Help You Accomplish Your Goals

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Here are nine business leadership books with high impact. No matter what field you’re in, these cover a wealth of subjects to help you get ahead.

Continuing education can be critical for your professional growth, and one reliable source is business leadership books. “Business leadership” covers a broad array of subjects from managing and empowering employees to improving operations and more effectively managing time. With that in mind, here’s a list of nine books in different categories that can help contribute to your professional and personal growth this year.

1. Think and Grow Rich

This book by Napoleon Hill is a perennial favorite. Although it was written decades ago, it still has significant relevance to 2016. Hill encourages you to identify and focus on what you want, build a supportive personal advisory board and benefit accordingly, both in your career and in your personal finances.

2. TED Talks

If you are a fan of TED Talks, this book by Chris Anderson is for you. He discusses ways to create talks that are unforgettable. If you engage in public speaking, provide training or conduct presentations, this book can help you identify your hook and leverage that into compelling talks. By reading this book and implementing its practical advice, you may be able to increase your visibility at your organization.

3. Sprint

Have you had issues trying to determine a methodology for problem solving that not only works well for you but also works for your peers and direct reports? Written by Google Ventures partners, Sprint identifies and delineates a problem solving process that has worked well for more than 100 companies. Their process may be exactly what you need to help identify and resolve issues at your company.

4. Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Life and Work

Author Dr. Stewart Friedman is a Wharton School of Business professor who has studied work-life balance and work-life integration for years. Dr. Friedman’s premise for this book is that balance is not the goal. He believes that a rewarding, meaningful life is one in which those areas of your life that are critical to your happiness and sense of purpose are integrated. However, their priority and importance will change over time. Embracing Dr. Friedman’s interesting perspective may help you attain the overall satisfaction you need to achieve your career and life goals.

5. Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends

This business leadership book by Martin Lindstrom builds upon the idea of that which can be measured can be changed. Noticing changes in the data can provide you and your team with insights that may lead to important changes within your company. Lindstrom reminds readers that, in this era of big data, it’s often the small things that offer big clues or that lead to major shifts.

6. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround

If you feel like your organization or department is stuck, this book by former IBM CEO Louis Gerstner is for you. He details how he led the turnaround of a company with tens of thousands of employees and explains the need for speed, as well as for clearly communicated goals. Gerstner also discusses how to optimally manage midlevel personnel through goal setting and tracking. His experience and advice may help you turn around your business.

7. The Amazon Way: 14 Leadership Principles Behind the World’s Most Disruptive Company

Written by John Rossman, a former Amazon executive, this book is a highly practical and actionable business leadership resource. Rossman continually stresses the need for efficient decision-making and project ownership at the junior level. If you’ve had personnel or personal issues with accountability or empowerment, this book may provide you with the insights you need to improve your business skills.

8. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

This book by best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk can help you understand and navigate the world of social media. Vaynerchuk provides social media strategies that may help you to better connect with your customers. He posits that the proper connection will not only increase your company’s exposure, but will ultimately increase sales.

9. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

After reading this book, you won’t be able to view IT the same. This highly informative business book takes a unique approach: It’s set up as a novel. The authors use a fictional scenario to drive home the impact of IT on your business. If you’ve wondered how you can use IT to improve your business, this book will provide many different approaches and can give you a much deeper understanding of the importance of IT.

Consider leveraging these business leadership books for your personal and professional development. These books may or may not specifically address areas that you want to work — but cultivating a broad understanding of all business areas may help improve your overall business leadership skills.

Tiffany C. Wright
Tiffany C. Wright

Tiffany C. Wright is the author of The Funding Is Out There!, Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business and Solving the Capital Equation: Financing Solutions for Small Businesses. She is the founder of The Resourceful CEO, which helps owners of small/medium-sized businesses prepare their businesses for sale. Tiffany has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, sits on non-profit boards and serves as a business mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation.