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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

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Jim Casart is CEO and founder Team 80 in Colorado where he is able to apply his 45 plus years of experience in accounting to lead his team. He is passionate about turning good ideas into successful businesses.