Top 8 Books for Business Owners and Business Women

Next time you’re out looking at books keep an eye out for these and get them on your book shelf at home or in the office.  Some books can also give you great ideas for your business, next blog or give you tips on leaderships skills.  Sometimes I get a highlighter and mark the important parts in the book I may want to go back to at a later date.


Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Ranked as one of the 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business”, Sheryl is the COO of Facebook and previously worked at Google. Her Lean In principle encourages women to be unafraid, find a mentor, and to promote themselves and other women. She discusses how she became successful in business, whilst maintaining a social life, relationship and having children. The book also deals with imposter syndrome and believing that you are good enough to “take a seat at the table” instead of cowering at the back and letting others take the credit.

Her forthright and go-get attitude makes this an incredibly motivational book.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki

This fascinating book tells the true story of a boy learning valuable life and business lessons from his real father on a low income and his best friend’s wealthy dad. Each of the men taught him to achieve financial independence and has constantly been on bestseller lists since its release in 1997.

The author encourages the reader to learn a little about a lot and to be in control of your emotions – and not to let fear, opinion or judgement stop you making decisions and taking chances. Believe in yourself.


The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

For most people who have read it, this book is a game-changer. It teaches you how to achieve your goals by thinking outside every single box, how to deal with emails so that they don’t overwhelm you and how to free up your time in ways you never knew were possible.

This is a man who became a national kickboxing champion because he found a loophole in the rules. He looks at life differently and some of his methods will have you wondering why you never thought of them yourself.

So grab a highlighter pen and start reading. Trust me, you will need the highlighter…


The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

This book explains very clearly why some companies succeed and others fail.

It may sound simple but your business operations and revenue could drastically improve by doing things differently and discarding certain aspects completely.

The author encourages you to constantly experiment to see what works and what doesn’t. So don’t be afraid to fail, as it will lead to valuable lessons and future successes.

Innovation and change are vital to a business’s success and The Lean Startup has become one of the best resources on the market.


Start with “Why”: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

According to Sinek, starting with the “why” is the best first step for any businessperson, then the “how” and finally the “what”. He goes on to describe how inspiring people is more effective than manipulating them. He is also known for public speaking and interviews where he relates to modern day problems, body language and why he feels so sorry for millennials.

His book focuses on the importance of the “why” as it gives you a sense of purpose first and foremost, which is crucial for any business owner.


How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This is the oldest book in the list, dating back to 1936. It’s regularly placed in lists of the most influential books ever published.

The author’s techniques and lessons will help you to increase your earning power, win people over to your way of thinking and make you a better speaker, both in business and social circles.

One of the most important aspects is the communication skills to have when it comes to handling complaints, avoiding arguments and dealing with potential clients.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey

This self-help book has sold over 25 million copies and it’s easy to see why. The author was even invited to Camp David by Bill Clinton to advise him on how to incorporate the principles of the book into Clinton’s presidency. The book is split into ways to achieve independence, interdependence and continuous improvement.

It focuses on effective ways to Do, Plan, Delegate and Eliminate.


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap & Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Using a large research team that studied 6,000 articles, Collins identified seven characteristics that can turn a good company into a great one.

One of the best pieces of advice he offers is to get the right people on your team and then move them around within the business until it runs optimally.

He also talks about having a genuine passion for what you do, as well as actual skill in it. You can’t have one without the other.

He offers examples of those companies that managed the step up too great, those that couldn’t sustain it once there, and the ones that never moved from simply being “good”.



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