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Most entrepreneurial problems are problems of leadership. Entrepreneurs who don’t know the basic principles of managing and motivating people, taking unbiased and rational decisions or dealing with stress will sooner or later fail.
Here are 8 books that can be of great use if leadership seems like a tough job for you as an entrepreneur.
1. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
There are specific reasons why most startups fail, most of which are preventable. Through this book, Eric offers a new approach to build the startup of your dreams — an approach which can help sustain your business in the long run.
2. True North by Bill George and Peter Sims
In this book Bill and Peter share the wisdom acquired by interviewing 125 of today’s top leaders. The book essentially inspires us to follow our internal compass in order to become an authentic leader that the world is waiting for.
3. Tribes by Seth Godin
Seth Godin made a thoughtful observation about the modern world before writing the book: internet is eliminating the barriers of geography and helping tribes from around the world expand. This insight raised a question — who will lead these tribes? The book talks about sustaining leadership amidst the global expansion of groups, tribes and communities.
4. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Jeff believes that success is mostly a result of getting little things done than obsessing about the big things. The book inspires us to shift our focus to the “little stuff” using simple tools, and thereby, have a “slight edge” on our life compared to others.
5. David And Goliath by Malcom Gladwell
It’s difficult keep our sanity during tough times. We get stressed, angry, frustrated and worried when met with problems. Through this book, Malcom gives us a new lens to view our obstacles. He draws upon history, psychology and powerful story-telling to reshape our perspective on obstacles, and life in general.
6. Influence by Robert B Cialdini
Persuasion is a skill. Robert B Cialdini realized this after 35 years of rigorous research on influence and persuasion. In this book he has written about 6 principles that people should use in their lives to become a skilled persuader.
7. Running Lean by Ash Maurya
Most products fail in the market because of one simple reason: they are a wrong fit. In this book, Ash Maurya offers us a strategy to achieve a “product/market fit.” He stresses on eliminating wrong ideas at the start in order to raise our odds of developing a successful product.
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Financial literacy is an important skill. Be it an entrepreneur or a parent, it’s crucial for everyone to know how money works — how it grows, how it diminishes, how it flows, and so on. This knowledge can help us take more mindful decisions in life.