The ability to build and run a successful business takes a whole lot of hard work and bit of luck depending on the type of business that you are building. There are many different things that go into running a business and leadership is at the top of the list by. So, having what it takes to be a good leader and successful business person is extremely important.
There are virtually thousands of examples of successful businesses and the leaders that have helped grow them to where they are today. Many of the people who run these successful businesses have a number of things in common. A lot of these commonalities include leadership styles, personality traits, and habits that all go into making them a successful leader.
To help you understand better what goes into a successful leader and business, we put together a list of 10 best books of business and leadership:
1) Zero to One – Peter Thiel
The book Zero to One by Peter Thiel is about how to take a simple startup business to a successful thriving one in a short. Throughout the book, the reader will learn about Thiel’s business philosophies and strategies on startups that allowed him to be successful with his own businesses. These lessons that he discusses in the book were the ones that have made it possible for him to become a billionaire. The book focuses on three distinct lessons that Peter Thiel has learned and is looking to share with everyone in hope to help them be more successful.
2) Rothstein – David Pietrusza
Rothstein by David Pietrusza is biographically book that covers many of the business dealings that made Arnold Rothstein one of the most successful businessman of his time in New York in the early 1900’s. Rothstein was known as an extremely ruthless businessman which was why he was very successful, unfortunately, he had a number of deals that were not exactly on the legal side and it was believed that he was involved with the controversial fixing of the 1919 World Series. He touted to be part of the Jewish Mod during his life before his untimely murder.
3) Trump: The Art of the Deal – Donald J. Trump and Tony Schwartz
Trump: The Art of the Deal written Tony Schwartz and Donald Trump is a book that is packed with 11 guidelines that he follows that has made him one of most wildly successful real estate mogul in New York City. He is personally responsible for adding a large number of skyscrapers to the New York City skyline over the past 30 years. As a master of the business deal, Trump has made more individual deals than most other people. The book was designed basically to be a “How To” guide to deal-making and he gets down and dirty into how he approaches his business dealings in hopes to help those who read the book get a better understanding of what makes him so successful.
4) Think Big – Donald J. Trump and Bill Zanker
Think Big and Kick Ass is another business centered book from one of the most successful real estate moguls and business icon; Donald Trump. While Trump has plenty of detractors in his life, it is hard to honestly not be impressed with his business success. He is responsible for the development of some of the most prestigious real estate properties in New York City and throughout the U.S. In the book, Donald Trump reveals that in order to become a success in life, you really need to think big and kick ass in order to get what you really want in business.
5) Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
This Napoleon Hill book is a unique result of Hill’s analysis of the individuals who have amassed the largest personal fortunes. Hill came up with 13 principles that were used by the majority of those individuals who created huge personal fortunes. Each of the 13 principles that are described inside the book and helps to create a very successful self-help book that is targeted directly to people who are looking to get their own business up off the ground.
6) Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad Poor Dad written by Robert T. Kiyosaki is a powerful book on business and finance. Robert T. Kiyosaki wrote the book in order to help people realize that their financial stability and wealth is directly related to a person’s financial literacy. The book is written in a way that it can be used almost as an instructional guide. It goes into great detail about personal finances, investing in assets, real estate holdings and a whole host of other important topics.
7) Winning – Jack Welch and Suzy Welch
The book Winning by Jack Welch with assistance from his wife Suzy is a powerful book that covers Welch’s 40-year career with GE. It goes into extreme detail how he worked his way up the ladder of success and eventually became Chairman of one of the most successful Fortune 10 companies in the world. In the book Welch describes his philosophy of leadership, picking the right people to make the necessary changes in order to keep the company moving forward in the right direction.
8) The Mafia Manager – V.
This book is truly transcending in the fact that it pertains to an illegal enterprise but the lessons are being utilized by many of the most powerful and rich people in the world. The book covers the management style that is responsible for the creation and successful operation of one of the biggest cartels in the world. It is so filled with valuable information that people like Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Howard Hughes and Richard Branson to name of few, have claimed they have used management principles that are covered in the book.
9) The Art of War – Sun Tzu
This book dates way back to 5th Century BC in China and it covers military strategies. It is a powerful book on warfare and specific tactics that are used in order to be successful on the battlefield. It helps to describe the necessary steps needed to manage all aspects of the war efforts. Today, the text within the Art of War still influences business strategies throughout Asia. It is also believed that some Western and Eastern business tactics have their roots inside The Art of War.
10) The Prince – Niccolò Machiavelli
The Prince is a powerful book written back in the 16th century Italy and even though it mostly pertains to politics, it also includes principles and philosophies of leadership. Many of today’s powerful business leaders turn to this book when it comes to finding insight into what makes a good and successful leader.