5 Books You Must Read As A Business Leaders
Reading more books is often a feature on people’s New Year’s Resolutions list. But our busy lifestyles can mean that reading is deemed too much of a luxury, replaced by board meetings and conference calls. For an entrepreneur, making time to read books allows you to exponentially grow your business.
Reading books helps you to learn new skills. It deepens your understanding of a topic and allows you to learn from the mistakes or triumphs of others. As an entrepreneur, I have discovered that there is always more to learn. Also, reading books is a great way to build knowledge and look at problems from different angles. Here are “five books you must read as a Business leader”
•Rich Dad Poor Dad by – Robert T Kiyosaki
•Good To Great by – Jim Collins
•Delivering Happiness by – Tony Hsieh
•Who Moved My Cheese by – Dr. Spencer Johnson
•The Changing World Order by – Ray Dalio
Rich Dad Poor Dad by -Robert T Kiyosaki
This is without a doubt one of my favorite books. It discusses themes of wealth management by looking at the author’s two “Dads”. His best friend’s father is the ‘Rich Dad’ while his father is the ‘Poor Dad’. The book covers topics ranging from how to make your money work for you to the importance of financial literacy. Teaching the reader several powerful lessons about money management. This is a must-read for business leaders, but I’d extend the recommendation to anyone interested in expanding their financial knowledge.
Good To Great by -Jim Collins
Good to Great is another truly phenomenal book from Jim Collins, who also authored the classic Built to Last. The premise of the book was born out of Collins’ desire. To understand what makes some businesses succeed while others simply fail. He assembled a team of 21 researchers and conducted a five-year study to understand this. All of which is summarized married in this fantastic book. Collins covers several business characteristics. That determines if an organization could make the transition from good to great. I believe all business leaders would benefit from taking time to read this book.
Delivering Happiness by – Tony Hsieh
Delivering Happiness by Zappos’ former CEO Tony Hsieh outlines the late entrepreneur’s rise to success. Hsieh illustrates to the reader how he built a $1bn retail business. With an emphasis on a high level of customer satisfaction and employee wellness. As the title suggests, prioritizing happiness is an essential part of Hsieh’s philosophy, which he outlines brilliantly throughout.
Reading books is a great way to learn from the mistakes and triumphs of others. This list will no doubt provide you with some excellent advice and the opportunity to refine your problem-solving skills. I am always on the lookout for new books to read, so please do leave your recommendations in the comments below.
Who Moved My Cheese by -Dr. Spencer Johnson
At just 96 pages this book is short but mighty, making it perfect for reading and digesting on the morning commute. It follows a parable format and takes place within a maze that is being navigated by two mice – ‘Sniff’ and ‘Scurry’ – as well as two mice-sized humans, ‘Hem’ and ‘Haw’. The story explores the characters’ relationship to the cheese, which can be seen as a metaphor for components of our working lives, such as our jobs, career paths, industry, and so on.
The story focuses on the benefits of accepting change, which may be harder for some individuals than others. It’s a great book to understand the fundamentals of change in a business environment, as well as how change can benefit your life outside work.
The Changing World Order by -Ray Dalio
If you’re looking for an excellent example of someone who knows how to navigate the modern business world, look no further than investor and hedge fund manager Ray Dalio. He has served as a co-chief investment officer of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, since 1985. In the most recent addition to his Principles series, Dalio explores the patterns of previous economic and political periods and analyses the cyclical forces behind the development of the British, Dutch, and American empires. He also casts a glance to the future, delving into why the times ahead may follow a similar trend to those that have happened in lifetimes before ours.