There are several factors determining business success. The most important thing is to be great at what you do. Whatever it is, make sure you can compete with the very best.

Following advice from leading experts and celebrated authors can really get you far.Here is a list of books that can help you in your career.


1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie, 1937

You can’t do any business without people. People are difficult. People are tricky. But with the right approach people can also be simple. This  1937 classic is full of valuable lessons on how to deal with people. The author also offers great insight in anecdotes from historical leaders and famous businessmen. Moreover, Carnegie underlines the importance of honesty and authenticity for successful implementation of his strategies.

2. The Effective Executive, by Peter F. Drucker, 1967

Drucker focuses on being proactive and with the right things. The author acknowledges the existence of natural-born leaders, but also believes in developing skills that will make the average person become a better executive.

3. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins, 2001

This book is a straight-to-the-point collection of articles and experiences, that gives all the necessary information to take your company to the next level. With many refreshing ideas, it will enable you to evaluate the quality of business leadership.  

4. Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built, by Richard Tedlow, 2003

Tedlow described the ups and downs of the business giants like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and Sam Walton. Anyone interested in business can learn a great deal reading about the lives of those who changed the world as we know it.

5. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, by Bill George, 2007

Being authentic is always important. George emphasizes how crucial it is to find your own business style. There isn’t a simple recipe for success that works for everyone. On the other hand, everyone can find their own strategy of leadership that will enable a business to thrive.

6. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity, by Hugh MacLeod, 2009

MacLeod is an author that advocates creativity. In accordance with that, his popular blog is full of brilliant ideas about everything. This guide will help you to unlock and unleash your potential as well as your ingenuity.

7. Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, by Arbinger Institute, 2010

This book revolves around our tendency to limit our prosperity by not wanting to see our true motives. Being more self-aware is something that people can learn and use to unlock their full potential and have more success in business.

8. Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman, 2011

Kahneman is famous psychologist as well as a Nobel Prize winner.According to him, there are two sectors of thought: the emotional and impulsive System 1 and the deliberate and logical System 2. He gives advice on how and when we should use one or the other system to improve our effectiveness and decision making.

9. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg, 2012

Duhigg expands Aristotle’s idea that we are what we repeatedly do. In accordance with this premise, the conclusion is that excellence is nothing more than a habit.  He further explores habits, referring to them as precursors for the events that make up our life and business.

10. The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price, Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey, 2012

A thorough seven-year-long research that deals with mistakes. The idea is to help you avoid making any and to learn from others’ experiences. The book contains quite valuable lessons.

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