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5 Books to Read If You Are a Business Owner

As a business owner or entrepreneur, it’s always important to ensure that you stay on top of the latest news and tips on how to thrive as a leader and support your staff.

Below are six books to consider including on your reading list.

1. “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” by Simon Sinek

This book asks (and answers) the questions: why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? It shows that the leaders who have had the greatest influence in the world all think, act and communicate the same way—and it's the opposite of what everyone else does.

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2. “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts,” by Brene Brown

Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

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3. “Mindset: Changing the Way You Think to Fulfil Your Potential,” by Dr. Carol Dweck

This book explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. It makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional.

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4. “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change,” by Charles Duhigg

This book explains why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, this book presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

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5. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephan R. Covey

The book presents a principle-centred approach to solving both personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and practical anecdotes, this book reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity—principles that give us the security to adapt to change and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates.

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6. “The Magic of Thinking Big,” by David Schwartz

This book outlines a program for getting the most out of your job, your marriage and family life, and your community. The author proves that you don’t need to be an intellectual or have innate talent to attain great success and satisfaction—but you do need to learn and understand the habit of thinking and behaving in ways that will get you there.

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