While not all readers are leaders, many top leaders are, in fact, readers. Year in and year out, aspiring professionals bent on making an impact rely on advice from the experts to direct them toward greater success. In this roundup of the top 5 books for business owners, you’re sure to find just the guidance you need to rejuvenate your entrepreneurial energy in 2021.
The Magic of Thinking Big
by Dr. David J. Schwartz
First published in 1959, The Magic of Thinking Big has continued to benefit millions of readers over the years. Not only is it destined to give your business a boost by inspiring you to sell and manage better, Dr. Schwartz aims to help you gain greater happiness and peace of mind along the way. By following the author’s well-crafted program, you can learn to think and behave in ways that let you get the most from whatever you do.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott
In this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, former Google and Apple executive Scott shares sage advice for balancing professional politeness and humility with impactful leadership. Being direct in your efforts to garner respect and get things done shouldn’t come at the expense of caring about the people you work with. Whether you manage a team of one or one thousand, Radical Candor will show you how to guide and inspire others to do their best work by “caring personally and challenging directly”.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
Dedicated to discovering why some people and teams reach the next level while others do not, best-selling author McKeown’s book is more than just a how-to guide for making the most of your work day. Essentialism gets to the core of what really drives success by examining how leaders of the world’s most ground-breaking companies achieve more with less. This book will help you focus in on the goals and activities that really matter by showing you how to make the right choices for regaining control of your time and energy.
What I Know For Sure
by Oprah Winfrey
Developing a success mindset doesn’t just happen. It takes a certain amount of dedicated effort before living the life you want can become automatic. Fortunately, you won’t find a greater mentor for accomplishing the extraordinary than Oprah. Having made history with her celebrated talk show, television network launch – and as one of only a handful of Black billionaires in America – Winfrey’s What I Know For Sure is packed with personal essays and insights on becoming your best self through the pursuit of such success cornerstones as resilience, connection, and gratitude.
Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
by Timothy Ferriss
In Tools of Titans, bestselling author and entrepreneur Ferriss draws on podcast interviews with more than 200 world-class performers to bring you this practical take on achieving success. Says Ferriss of this particular book, “Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.”
Whether you’re looking to increase your influence, profits, or personal efficiency this year, investing in one or more of these recommended reads can help you up your professional game while improving the overall quality of your life.