Seven books for successful business leaders

Leaders – looking for some inspirational reading? Look no further. Brad Mishlove has rounded up a few recent goodies.

Has your company lost direction? Are you ready to transform your approach to running a business? You will find the inspiration you seek in the bookstore’s business section. Many industries’ biggest thought leaders are also popular authors, and they have incredible wisdom and advice to share with you.

These seven books that will change the way you look at owning a business.                       

The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders by Elena Botelho and Kim Powell

Anyone can become a leader with the help of this 2018 book, which relies upon empowering and data-backed strategies that can transform “regular” people into CEOs. By narrowing their focus down to four actionable behaviors any business owner can implement into their ownership style, these authors have drafted a blueprint for professional success.

If You’re in a Dogfight, Become a Cat!: Strategies for Long-Term Growth by Leonard Sherman

If you are the owner of a business in an intensely competitive industry, this 2017 book is one you won’t want to miss.  With so much competition, growth may be elusive, but it doesn’t have to be if you follow the examples of innovative companies that took a unique approach to standing apart from the rest.

Learn to play the business game on your own terms and win every time through innovation and agility.

Speak and Get Results: The Complete Guide to Speeches and Presentations That Work in Any Business Situation by Sandy Linver and Nick Taylor

To motivate your team so you can get the results your company needs, the first thing you should do is pick up a copy of this time-honored 1994 classic. This book’s popularity has endured because it offers a formula business owners can use in a variety of situations.

Embrace these principles and you will be able to communicate with the confidence of a natural—even if you’re not.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath

Since it was published in 2010, this book has become a classic because it addresses how small changes at every level can get big results. This is for you if you want a team that will never need to be micromanaged, because it outlines the psychology behind getting your employees to motivate themselves from within.

The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership by Sam Walker

Do you know what truly inspirational leadership looks like? This 2017 book offers a unique take on leadership by using sports stories as a metaphor for business. For a winning team that will get results, you’ll need to be a coach who knows how to lead your employees to victory.

Consider this to be the go-to playbook that will give you a competitive edge in your industry.

Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary Vaynerchuk

Fans of the 2009 international bestseller Crush It! understand why branding is crucial if you want to become an influencer by living your passion. This 2018 follow-up reinforces the tried-and-true techniques that work while expanding upon the previous book’s still-relevant ideas while ushering them into a new era.

Follow this book’s principles if you want to crush it and get rich while you’re doing it!

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

People want change, and this author delivers. This is a short, informative glimpse into what it really takes to build and run a business. While it was first published in 2008, it has remained a must-have for business owners because its advice still resonates to this day.

If you need to find your company’s loyal tribe of followers, follow the example of the successful business case studies you’ll find within.


Once you’ve read these books you will come away with a fresh perspective. Don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut that will hurt your bottom-line. You can motivate yourself, your team, and your clients, if you only know how. The books in this list are a great place for any business owner to start.


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Brad Mishlove is CEO and founder of Catapult Groups


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