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21 Essential Books For Small Business Leaders

Broader Views of Intelligence

  1. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ - Daniel Goleman

Business Leadership

  1. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable - Patrick Lencioni
  2. Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Field Guide for Leaders, Managers, and Facilitators - Patrick Lencioni
  3. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization - Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright
  4. Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor - Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman, James O’Toole

Business Basics

  1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It - Michael E. Gerber
  2. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business - Gino Wickman (to be read after The E-Myth)
  3. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) - Verne Harnish (to be read after Traction)

Business Tools

  1. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition - Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Laura Roppe

Disruptive Thinking

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich - Timothy Ferriss

Happiness

  1. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work - Shawn Achor

Happy Workplaces

  1. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose - Tony Hsieh

Inspired Businesses

  1. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Good to Great) - Jim Collins
  2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't - Jim Collins

Life Planning

  1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life - Bill Burnett, Dave Evans

Making Decisions

  1. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman

Marketing Basics

  1. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Personal Growth

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change - Steven R. Covey

Personal Integrity

  1. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz

Product Launch

  1. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers - Geoffrey A. Moore

What Motivates People

  1. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink