You are what you read, is what we have been told.

These books will help you see things differently, approach problems from another angle and learn things through example. If you want to get ahead and stay ahead when it comes to business and being a leader, then these are the books that will keep you on top.

1.      Meetings Suck by Cameron Herold

Have you ever sat through a meeting feeling as though you are wasting so much of time and not really grasping much from the entire ordeal? It’s either the presentation that’s not up to the mark or the presenter, sometimes even both. According to renowned business growth expert Cameron Herold, meetings aren’t the problem. People are. The book sheds light on the importance of soft skills and on how to conduct meetings that leave people feeling inspired and motivated. Meeting Suck is a step by step guide on how to be a bigger and better leader through productivity and efficiency.

2.      The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Considered to be the one of the best and most iconic books of all time for one specific reason. This leadership books provides an extreme self-awareness guidance to aspiring leaders who wish to lead by example. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is for individuals who are willing to improve themselves personally, professionally and who want to lead by example.

3.      The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Everything you need to know there is about habits. How to build one and what impact they have on our daily lives. According to Charles Duhigg, they have a far greater impact on our happiness, productivity, relationships, and everything else in between. In his book, Duhigg’s tackles questions like how and why companies use the science of habit building to influence what we buy and when we buy it.

4.      How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a very popular business book. With plenty of undertones of self-development, Dale Carnegie shows readers why handling business the right way is so vital. He encourages us to treat every opportunity with the same level of respect and dignity. People sign deals with the people they like, and with whom they believe they’d work well with. If that is a skill you want to learn, then this book has it all.

5.      The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

Drucker helped popularize ideas about management. He believed that managers and employees should work toward a common set of goals. “The Effective Executive” explores the time-management and decision-making habits that best equip an executive to be productive and valuable in an organization.

6.      Unleashing the Ideavirus – Seth Godin

Coming up with new and effective marketing strategies can be difficult. The author, Seth Godin, decided to go against traditional marketing methods to embrace a new strategy within the digital world. His book is full of new and practical online marketing ideas.

7.      Getting from Employee 5 to 50 – Workable

Hiring the right employees to improve and expand your business is an art and a science. Here you will find information on topics such as headhunting, interviewing, and employee branding with real-life examples.

8.      The Innovators by Walter Isaacson

In his book, Isaacson explains that innovation is a lengthy process; taking time to go from idea, design to successful conceptualisation. Through his examples of Apples co-founder Steve Jobs and World Wide Web trailblazer Tim Berners-Lee, Isaacson illustrates that innovation is a collaborative process made by teams of people working together bringing in their level of expertise.

9.      Good to Great by Jim Collins

Finding focus and learning to prioritize is key to any business to take it from good to great. With everything going on, an entrepreneur can easily be distracted or side-tracked by doing too many things at once and by spreading oneself too thin. From this book, business leaders will be able to identify what their company is really good at, and then apply resources to develop and enhance those areas for more success.