Chances are you know of a successful person who inspired you in your personal and professional life. Maybe it was someone as well known as Steve Jobs, or perhaps your aunt who ran a successful small town business down the street. Whoever they are, these people did something right.
It’s important as a business owner to always be learning and developing yourself, your employees, and your business so that you can be the best that you can be. Whether your business is big or small, here are 5 books that will help take your leadership to the next level:
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This top-selling book by Stephen R. Covey discusses a holistic approach to personal and professional development based on principles like fairness, service, honesty, and human dignity among others. Covey’s powerful insights and revelatory anecdotes have been helping business owners for over twenty-five years.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… And Others Don’t. Business consultant and author Jim Collins, along with a team of researchers, conducted a five-year study to uncover why some companies remain average while others become great. Good To Great discusses the results of the research of many well-known companies and introduces the idea of “Level 5 Leadership.”
- Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. In this book, Simon Sinek discusses how the framework of any successful business is based on the why – not the what or the how – a business does what it does. It’s the why that inspires people and it’s the why that helps businesses succeed.
- The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Business Don’t Work and What To Do About It. In this new and improved edition, Michael Gerber dismisses many of the misconceptions and assumptions that accompany starting a business, and gives practical advice for how to grow your business in an effective and consistent way.
- Man’s Search for Meaning. While this book may not be your typical leadership development material, this memoir by psychologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl speaks to the importance of purpose and perspective in life.