10 Books Every Business Leader Should Read In 2021

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2020 has been a tough year for leaders of every level. Charlie Munger, American investor, Businessman, former Real Estate Attorney, Architectural Designer, and Philanthropist said, “go to bed every night a little wiser than you were when you got up”.

Most people live their life doing the same thing every day and they wonder how some people become successful in life. Success is not something which you get overnight, rather it is a slow learning process. And when you do the same thing every day, you shut the chances of learning as well as growing.

When you will take a look at the habits of successful people, you will see that among many things they are voracious readers.


Let's see it through some examples:

  1. Bill Gates reads one book per week
  2. Every two weeks Mark Zuckerberg reads one book
  3. Elon Musk is an avid reader
  4. Warren Buffett spends about 80% of his day reading
  5. Mark Cuban reads for more than three hours every day
  6. Oprah Winfrey reads one book every month


Now you know how important reading is! And if you are a business leader, it becomes even more important.


So, here are 10 books that every business leaders consider reading in 2021:


1. Solving the People Problem: Essential Skills You Need to Lead and Succeed in Today's Workplace

Written by Brett M. Cooper and Evans Kerrigan, Solving the People Problem explains every aspect of DISC-EQ. It is a language that is important for you to understand if you want to recognize and capitalize on the personality differences of the people around you.

For almost 20 years, Brett M. Cooper and Evans Kerrigan have been on a mission to improve lives by expanding the existence of healthy organizations and great places to work. In the book, Brett and Evans share the most powerful insights they’ve learned over those two decades. These lessons will help you develop your self-awareness and emotional intelligence, and enable you to become a driving force for team effectiveness, and productivity of employees within your organization.

Get a detailed view of the book.


2. Crawl, Walk, Run: Advancing Analytics Maturity with Google Marketing Platform by Michael Loban and Alex Yastrebenetsky

If you look at the amount spent in 2019 on digital advertising alone, you will know the importance of this book. A total amount of $130 billion was spent on digital advertising. Crawl, Walk, Run is the only book currently in the market that covers the functionality of Google Analytics 4. It also includes a detailed chapter on App + Web properties, which is the basis of Google Analytics 4.

This book is a practical guide for navigating each stage of analytics maturity, taking you step-by-step through an analytics maturity framework to achieve greater efficiency and increased confidence in your marketing decisions.

The authors and other contributors from the InfoTrust team discuss six focus areas in digital transformation, including how to choose the right platform, staff, and upskill your team, and build effective processes.

Grab the book and get to know the details about Google Marketing.


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3. Get Rooted!: Growing People and Companies Through Change

Change is the nature of life, and these changes are inevitable, it will enter into your life whether you like it or not. It’s not in our hands to control it, but we can definitely control our reactions towards the changes.

Stacy Henry, In Get Rooted!, identifies eight common values and provides you with a visual framework to understand your roots. Through this book, Stacy gives you the tools you need to become a effective leader, whether you're a senior executive enduring corporate change or an individual working toward personal improvement. You will get to sort out your priorities, strengthen your roots, and move smoothly through every change in your life.


4. Own Your Career, Own Your Life: Stop Drifting and Take Control of Your Future 

Most of us want to wake up every morning feeling excited and confident to start the day, but it gets ruined due to some or other reasons.

Written by Andy Storch, Own Your Career, Own Your Life will help you in learning how to direct your own career, prepare for the future, and ultimately get back in the driving seat of your own life.

The author himself has spent years stuck in the wrong career and drifting aimlessly through life. Now, he is a professional coach, consultant, speaker, and author whose life mission is to equip others to live intentionally, love the life they live, and fulfill their true potential.

This book is intended to be a practical guide, and it is divided into three parts, with each part explaining useful tips and easily actionable steps, as well as inspirational accounts of real-life events that will help you design a career and life you love.

Get to know more about the book.


5. A CEO Only Does Three Things: Finding Your Focus in the C-Suite by Trey Taylor

Being a CEO is no easy task, whether you’re a new CEO trying to navigate chaotic workdays or a veteran. In the book A CEO Only Does Three Things, Trey Taylor explains to you the three pillars of business: culture, people, and numbers. This book guides you on how to articulate the right culture for your business, hire people with the right mindsets, and inspire your teams to produce optimal results.

Taylor's methods have helped hundreds of CEOs to create fulfilled, efficient, professional lives.

Read the book to learn how to focus on the work you love-and avoid CEO burnout.


7. The Extraordinary UnOrdinary You: Follow Your Own Path, Discover Your Own Journey by Simone Knego

Everyone has a different life journey, and sharing your journey can help others in taking their life’s decisions or avoid the circumstances which you may have faced.

Simone Knego, through this book, presents her unique journey and the extraordinary moments which have shaped her life and defined her mission. She has shared the lessons which she's learned from life's ups, downs, and laugh-out-loud moments. These stories will inspire you to discover your own journey and to go out into the world and be good.




7. Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out: The Catalyst’s Guide to Working Well by Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas

Through this book, Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas, serving as catalysts themselves, make us understand Catalysts better. Instead of a how-to, they've created a personal operations manual that will help you move fast without losing people, break shit with intentionality, and lessen the intensity of the burnout cycle.

It’s for the innovative technology leaders who can’t stop taking in information, connecting dots, and changing the world—even when the world hasn’t asked for it. Even when the changemaker desperately needs a break. Move Fast. Break Shit. Burn Out. won’t tell you to stop working—it will help you finally, sustainably work well.

Get to know more about Tracey Lovejoy and Shannon Lucas and their Book.


8. Courage to Lose Sight of Shore: How to Partner with Private Equity to Grow Your Business with Confidence by Kelley W. Powell

Private equity investment is one of the best routes for the growth of a company. But, there is a right timing for everything, especially when you are thinking about the investment which is related to your business.

Author Kelley W. Powell works every day to grow the portfolio companies of private equity firms. Through this book, she gives you the confidence and clarity to move forward by sharing an honest account of what to expect when you pursue private equity.

Courage to Lose Sight of Shore will help you decide whether private equity is right for you by giving you a greater understanding of your company's story and yourself as a leader. You'll also learn how to find the right firm, navigate the process, and scale the business alongside your new partner.


9. More Good Jobs: An Entrepreneur's Action Plan to Create Change in Your Community by Martin Babinec

We are well aware of the need for the creation of new jobs in our society. We often hear how important it is to create more good jobs, but nobody is telling us how to create them.

Martin Babinec, after starting and growing a multibillion-dollar company in Silicon Valley, returned to his home in Upstate New York, he realized there were a number of forces at play in Silicon Valley who helped him succeed as an entrepreneur, but he never appreciated them.

It's then when he realized the importance of community dynamics in the creation of new businesses. He's found a growing divergence between magnet cities—brimming with talent and new businesses—and talent exporting cities—where bright young minds leave in search of better opportunities.

More Good Jobs is the playbook helping local entrepreneurs to start and grow companies and turning your community into a magnet city, and, in doing so, creating more good jobs for everyone in our communities.



10. Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice From the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss

Tribe of Mentors is a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. These performers include iconic entrepreneurs, elite athletes, artists, and billionaire investors. Their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, and achieve extraordinary results that will transform your life.

This book covers some of the important aspects including effective morning routines, the best purchases you can make that are less than $100, how to achieve a work-life balance, How to overcome failure and bounce back towards success, how to sort through all of the information that you take in every day, among others.

Read the book now.


Let us know about your favourite motivational book in the comment section.


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About the author:

Jyotshana Rani, OpenGrowth Content Team

Jyotsana is very keen to express her views on new topics and wants readers to remember her through her writing. She is passionate about reading and believes that words wield the power of changing the scenario and she uses them to encourage people to the best of her knowledge.

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