Top 10 Business Books You Want to Read In 2024

Today’s business leaders are challenged to manage an unprecedented rate of change.  Now, more than ever before, the key to successful leadership lies in continuous learning on emerging market trends, new strategies and best practices. While there are countless digital learning platforms available to meet the changing demands of business leaders, there also are classic reads that offer timeless advice. Here’s a curated list of my 10 favorite business classics, straight from my personal library.

Happy 2024


Book #1: The Advantage: Unleashing the Power of Organizational Health, by Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni defines organizational health as the ability of a company to function effectively by minimizing politics and confusion while maximizing productivity and morale. Without a strong and healthy organizational core, any attempts to improve performance are likely to be short-lived. Lencioni lays out a comprehensive and actionable guide to harnessing the power of organizational health. By emphasizing the often-neglected fundamental aspects of a healthy organization, he provides leaders with a unique advantage in achieving success.

Book: The Advantage

Book #2: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team: Unveiling the Obstacles to Team Success, by Patrick Lencioni

In the world of business and organizations, cooperation and collaboration are essential for achieving success. However, even the most talented individuals may struggle to work as an effective team. Recognizing this common challenge, Lencioni explores the dynamics of team dysfunction in his book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” His insightful framework uncovers the key obstacles that hinder team performance and offers practical solutions for overcoming these dysfunctions.

Book: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Book #3: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins

Collns identifies the factors that differentiate good companies from those that achieve greatness. This book offers key insights on creating sustainable organizations, building the right leadership bench and harnessing the power of a strong team. Drawing upon extensive data, Collins offers valuable insights to help companies achieve sustainable greatness. By understanding the Hedgehog Concept, embracing Level 5 Leadership, leveraging the Flywheel Effect and avoiding the Doom Loop, leaders can steer their organizations toward a transformation that transcends good, unlocking the path to enduring greatness.

Book: Good to Great

Book #4: The Road Less Stupid: Unleashing Your Business Potential, by Keith Cunningham

Author Keith Cunningham offers a no-nonsense approach to business success that gets straight to the heart of what it takes to build a thriving enterprise. He draws on his own experiences as an entrepreneur and shares valuable insights from his business ventures, as well as wisdom gained from decades of coaching and consulting business owners. The underlying premise of Cunningham’s book is that many business failures are not due to a lack of knowledge or intelligence, but rather a lack of thinking time and clarity. He argues that the road to success is not about working harder or longer hours but, instead, about making smarter decisions and asking the right questions.

Book: The Road Less Stupid

Book #5: CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: Mastering the Art of Dialogue, by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Al Switzler, Ron McMillan, Emily Gregory

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS is considered life-changing for many people. It explains that how we deal with uncomfortable conversations can predict the magnitude of our influence, the health of our teams, the strength of customer relationships, the quality of our marriages and friendships, and even our health. These authors offer a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of dialogue in challenging situations. Drawing on years of research and practical experience, they provide invaluable insights and strategies to create a safe and effective space where dialogue can flourish, allowing us to address sensitive issues while maintaining relationships and achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.

Book: Crucial Conversations

Book #6: The Gap and the Gain, by Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan, founder of Strategic Coach and author of dozens of books for business leaders, shares how the Gap and the Gain describe two ways of thinking that measure our progress in life. Gap-thinking is focused on thoughts in the “gap” between where we are now and where we want to be. Gain-thinking is focusing on how far we’ve come, or the gains we’ve made over a longer time. The theory of Positive Psychology suggests that our thoughts create outcomes over time, so the byproduct of “gain” thinking is ultimately more gains! By shifting our focus from gap-thinking to gain-thinking, we cultivate a mindset of appreciation, motivation and growth.

Book: The Gap and the Gain

Book #7: Born to Win, by Zig Ziglar

How do you define success?  Zig Ziglar’s definition isn’t about money, position or power, it’s much more. In his book, Born to Win:  Find Your Success Code, Ziglar encourages us to broaden our idea of success. Ziglar sets the tone by pointing out that every person is born with a unique set of talents, abilities and potential. This notion challenges the common belief that success is only reserved for a chosen few. Ziglar firmly believes that success is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. Drawing upon his personal experiences, he outlines numerous strategies and principles that can help anyone overcome obstacles, unleash their full potential, and ultimately win in life.

Book: Born to Win

Book #8: From Strength to Strength: Igniting the Power Within for Personal and Professional Success, by Arthur Brooks

Finding success can often seem like an insurmountable task. Many individuals struggle to reach their goals and fulfill their aspirations, leading lives of mediocrity and missed opportunities. However, there is a powerful secret to achieving personal and professional success that lies within every individual – discovering the strength within. By developing one’s strengths, overcoming limiting beliefs, setting goals, embracing resilience, cultivating a growth mindset and fostering positive relationships, individuals can journey from strength to strength, achieving unprecedented heights of achievement and fulfillment.

Book: From Strength to Strength

Book #9: No Limits: Unlocking Your Full Potential by John Maxwell

Renowed leadership expert, John C. Maxwell, delves deep into the concept of potential and challenges readers to break through barriers that hinder their personal and professional growth. It serves as a powerful guide for individuals seeking to unlock their unlimited potential. Through cultivating a growth mindset, embracing failure, developing a clear vision and surrounding ourselves with positive influences, we can break free from self-imposed limitations and achieve extraordinary success. Maxwell’s insights empower readers to recognize and push beyond their boundaries, ultimately enabling them to live a life without limits.

Book: No Limits

Book #10: Spiritual Leadership: Moving People on to God’s Agenda, by Henry Blackaby

In a world filled with various leadership approaches, there is a type of leadership that transcends the boundaries of business strategies and personal achievements. Spiritual leadership, as advocated by renowned author Henry Blackaby, centers around moving people toward God’s agenda. This style of leadership emphasizes a deep connection with one’s spirituality and seeks to inspire and guide others on a journey of spiritual growth, both individually and collectively.

Book: Spiritual Leadership

By exploring the pages of these business classics, leaders can gain valuable knowledge, refine their skills and stay ahead in an ever-evolving business landscape. These books provide a diverse range of perspectives and strategies, enabling leaders to navigate challenges, drive growth and inspire their teams toward excellence. Happy reading!


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