If You Want to Lead, Read

Harry Truman once said: ““Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Studies have shown that reading makes you smarter and more effective because it helps you develop a larger vocabulary and increase knowledge. Studies have also shown that reading for simply six minutes can reduce stress by 68%. Reading can also help personally and professionally by giving you tips to improve your company, or your career, and motivates topics of conversations in social situations. Making time for reading every week, even half an hour, can be very beneficial.


With this in mind, here’s our list of favorite business books, though we also recommend throwing some fun, non-developmental books onto your reading list, too!


  • The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • In Search of Excellence by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Discovering the Soul of Service by Leonard L. Berry
  • Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor


What books would you recommend?


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