It can be incredibly rewarding to take your professional experience and branch off into creating your own firm. However, it’s important to keep up with current business practices, innovative professionals and businesses, and new perspectives on leadership to ensure your continued growth. As you take control of your new business, you may still need some extra guidance or inspiration to overcome the challenges you’re facing. While mentors are invaluable resources, they don’t always have all the answers and it can be hard to find one. In scenarios where you feel you need more guidance or advice, a great business book can give you the boost you need.
To get you started, here are twelve of the best business books for new entrepreneurs in 2021.
1. ‘Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action’ by Simon Sinek
“Start With Why” aims to answer a fundamental question: why are some businesses more successful than others? According to Sinek, the answer is simple: great business leaders truly understand the “why” of their work and can convey it clearly to their employees and audience. This book delves into how influential leaders think, act, and communicate — an idea Sinek refers to as The Golden Circle — that provides a framework for businesses to inspire and succeed.
2. ‘The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses’ by Eric Ries
It’s a difficult truth in the startup world: some startups will simply fail. Luckily, many of these failures are also preventable, according to “The Lean Startup” author Eric Ries. Inspired by lean manufacturing practices, this book offers an effective and sustainable business model to help businesses innovate and adapt in the face of change.
3. ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ’ by Daniel Goleman
To be a successful entrepreneur, you need more than just book smarts and business savvy. Rather, "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman emphasizes the importance of EQ in the workplace. Cultivating traits of emotional intelligence, including self-discipline and empathy, can help business owners reach their fullest potential and lead their company to success.
4. ‘How to Win Friends & Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie
“How to Win Friends & Influence People” is a staple in the business world — and with good reason. Carnegie’s classic book offers advice on managing relationships and working with others. These lessons can help entrepreneurs successfully connect with business partners, customers, and employees alike.
5. ‘Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence — and How You Can, Too’ by Gary Vaynerchuk
Many are drawn to entrepreneurship because they want the opportunity to live life on their own terms. “Crushing It!” offers a blueprint for aspiring and current entrepreneurs looking to build a successful business from the ground up. Vaynerchuk’s book is especially relevant for those looking to build up their personal brand by leveraging social media platforms.
6. ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill
Another classic business book, “Think and Grow Rich” offers insights for entrepreneurs looking to maximize their personal and professional growth. Hill emphasizes the importance of learning how to set a goal and subsequently achieve it, as well as looking inward and cultivating the right mindset for success.
7. ‘The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company’ by Robert Iger
The Walt Disney Company is undoubtedly one of the most successful brands in history. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger offers his insights and lessons learned in “The Ride of a Lifetime.” For entrepreneurs looking to run a successful company and build their leadership skills, this book is a must-read.
8. ‘Change Your World: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Difference’ by John C. Maxwell & Rob Hoskins
Most entrepreneurs begin their businesses in hopes of changing the world around them but sometimes doubt their ability to do so. “Change Your World,” is a book for entrepreneurs who want to create change but aren’t sure how to. Through their own firsthand experiences, authors Maxwell and Hoskins teach readers how they can take their work and make a difference in the world, no matter where they’re starting from.
9. ‘The 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders: Unleashing the Power of All of Us’ by Andrés T. Tapia & Alina Polonskaia
“The 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leaders” examines the personality traits and behaviors of leaders who reflect the diversity of their teams and consumers. In their book, Tapia and Polonskaia educate readers on how to become more inclusive leaders through maintaining trust, gaining perspectives, and more. The authors speak through their own experience to provide readers with best practices and inspiration.
10. ‘The Age of Influence: The Power of Influencers to Elevate Your Brand’ by Neal Schaffer
Author and social media marketing expert Neal Schaffer demonstrates how businesses can partner with influencers to make a powerful impact on social media. The way information is given and received has changed and it’s time businesses get involved in the conversations happening online. “The Age of Influence” is the perfect book for entrepreneurs and marketing professionals who want to connect with and grow their audiences in the digital age.
11. ‘Make It, Don’t Fake It: Leading with Authenticity for Real Business Success’ by Sabrina Horn
Though there are no shortcuts to becoming successful, Sabrina Horn offers her audience a guide to becoming a business that leads with integrity and authenticity. “Make It, Don’t Fake It” challenges entrepreneurs to self-assess, act with transparency, and establish a system of values. This is a great read for new and experienced entrepreneurs who want to plan for long-term success.
12. ‘Key Person of Influence: The Five-Step Method to Become One of the Most Highly Valued and Highly Paid People In Your Industry’ by Daniel Priestly
Author Daniel Priestly in “Key Person of Influence” discusses what it takes for leaders to grow their influence and value in the business industry. The five steps, or ‘5 Ps’ (pitch, publish, products, profile, and partnerships), are Priestly’s secret formula to success. He challenges readers to break old habits and learn how to partner with others, create best-selling works, and increase personal achievement.
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