Every entrepreneur, business owner and CEO should read business books. They're an excellent source of information, and they offer useful startup and leadership advice. Managing a business can be nerve-wrecking, especially if you're just getting started. As a result, reading motivational books can help you stay engaged. Here are 5 business books that are a must-read this 2015.
1. "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" by John C. Maxwell
Many leaders want to excel at their jobs but they can't because of their lack of expertise. In John C. Maxwell's "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions", readers will find answers to questions they've always wanted to ask. "What do I need to become a great leader?", "How do I motivate someone who's unmotivated?", "How can I work with people who don't have vision?" are just a few questions you'll find answers to in the book.
Published in 2014, "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" is an insightful book about learning how to solve the most challenging problems related to the world of venture capitalism. The business environment is a demanding work environment, and it's important for leaders to find the determination to move on, no matter how complicated things might get along the way.
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2. "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely
CEOs and business owners in general, are accountable for everything that happens with their business. They must negotiate on a daily basis, make important decisions and sometimes, mess up and learn from their mistakes. Entrepreneurs must take responsibility, and they can't afford to get cold feet when things don't turn out as planned.
In "Predictably Irrational", MIT professor Dan Ariely, talks about why people behave so foolishly; he tries to make readers understand that they can predict such behavior from materializing. There's always a good reason why people get mad and act like crazy. His book is extremely therapeutic and thus will compel leaders that a Zen attitude is everything they need to succeed in business.
3. "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" by Ben Horowitz
Ben Horowitz, the author of "The Hard Thing about Hard Things", is a business guru. In his latest book, he emphasizes that it's essential for investors and entrepreneurs to understand they all have a specific level of experience, and that there's always room for improvement. Not every business individual excels at his job, but that doesn't mean he can't strive to do more. Horowitz is a savvy entrepreneur that also provides useful advice on running a startup. His principles are focused on things that are not taught in school, so if you're a recent graduate with a keen interest in entrepreneurship and the business domain, make sure to read "The Hard Thing about Hard Things".
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4. "Confidence" by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a professor at the Harvard School of Business. In her latest book "Confidence", she clarifies that success and failure are self-fulfilling prophecies, and that self-assurance is everything one needs to succeed. When you pursue a goal, and you do everything in your power to achieve it, success will be right there waiting to happen. "Confidence" is a business book about winning and losing; the author explores new theories about success, and she offers guidelines on how to turn things in your favor without having to make unnecessary concessions.
5. "Zero to One", by Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel's "Zero to One" is a true masterpiece. Avid entrepreneurs with a dying wish to turn their brilliant ideas into a million dollar business should read this book. Thiel talks about failure in business in the most honest way. People fail to thrive because their only goal is to overcome their competition. Very few focus on making their companies productive. Why bother compete with an enterprise that already has a good reputation? You won't win. Instead, you should focus on smart ways to make your business stand above the crowd and gain recognition, because that's the key to success.
Do you want to be a successful entrepreneur? Then you'll have to work for what you believe in. Reading business books will give you a boost of confidence; it will keep you motivated and focused on your goals.