Business professionals should never stop growing and learning, and one of the best ways to learn is by reading. But with so many self-help books and books about business out there, just figuring out what to read is a daunting task. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best books all business professionals should read.
How to Win Friends and Influence People
This classic by Dale Carnegie is all about learning how to interact with people- and interacting with people is what business is all about. Though it was published in 1936, its advice is still helpful today, and it will teach you the importance of smiling and becoming a good listener.
Ditch the Act
“Ditch the Act” by Leonard Kim and Ryan Foland is about the importance of being the authentic you. If you put on the act of the “professional,” it’s much harder to connect with your colleagues and customers on a human level. If you find that’s a mistake, you’re guilty of making, this book will help you break that bad habit.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Being a business professional isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and many business books are about the great successes of the authors. For a nice change of pace, consider reading “The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz, which is about the tough decisions business professionals often have to make. “The hard thing about hard things is that there is no formula for dealing with them,” Horowitz writes.
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
Along with “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” this is the other famous self-help and business classic. As the name suggests, it teaches you all the habits that successful people have and how to make them a part of your daily life.
The Bezos Letters
This book by Steve Anderson is all about the famous Amazon CEO and how he got to where he is today. The author breaks down Bezos’s fourteen principles for growth and how you can apply them to your own life to hopefully emulate one of history’s most successful entrepreneurs.