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Top 10 Best Business Management Books

Published September 1, 2020.

No matter what age or stage you are in your business career, here are the top 10 must-reads for continuous learning. 

Making reading a habit whether you are a student, professional or thinking of changing to a business career is recommended in the digital age. Here is a list of the best business management books that we recommend you have on your Kindle or bookshelf. 

10. First, Break All The Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

To help understand what makes a great manager, Gallup interviewed over 80,000 managers to compile the findings in this book. This book is recommended for aspiring or new managers to learn important performance and career lessons, and how to apply them. 

9. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

This book is for people who want to understand how to build a company that will stand the test of time. The book is the findings of 6 years of research from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and examined 18 long-lasting companies and how they have lasting power.

8. Strength Finder 2.0

This book is about discovering your own talents, and how to use them effectively in the classroom and workforce. Based on a 40-year study of human strengths, Gallup created a language of 34 most common aspects and talents of people. Once you take the assessment, you can read about your talents, and how to apply them for success in your career.

7. How to Win Friends and Influence People

This classic book is about going ahead and achieving your dreams and goals. The book outlines six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people over to your way of thinking, allowing you to achieve your aspirations without arousing resentment, and creating a lasting, supportive environment in your professional and personal life.

6. High Output Management

If you are an entrepreneurial-minded person or are thinking of running your own business, this book is a must-read on how to create and maintain a new business. This book covers techniques for creating a highly productive team, how to motivate everyone in your company to work at their peak performance. 

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This is a timeless book that has stood the test of time for the past 25 years. The book outlines the seven habits and guides you through how to apply them in a step by step way. For example, Habit 2, is to “Begin with the end in mind” – visualizing success and then working towards your end goal in business and your career. 

4. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

Best Business Management Books

Highly recommended by both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, this influential book outlines famous accounts of business success and failure of iconic companies such as General Electric and Xerox. It maps out the intricacies of corporate life that are still relevant today.

3. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success

What makes a Chief Executive Officer successful? This book outlines that it is not always experience or charisma. It all comes down to having solid returns for shareholders over the long term. Note: this book is on Warren Buffet’s recommended reading list. 

2. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant

Best Business Management Books

Now, more than ever, competition in business is cutthroat. In order to stay relevant, the authors of this book outline how to find lasting success by creating “blue oceans” – new, untapped market spaces that have a high potential for growth.

1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

Why are some people and organizations more innovative, influential and more profitable than others? Simon Sinek answers this question and other questions such as why few successful people have the ability to repeat success over and over, and commend loyalty from customers and employees.