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7 Leadership Books for Entrepreneurs

Successful entrepreneurs are not just good managers, they are people who inspire others, who avoid micromanagement and know how to delegate. As reading books and constant learning have important part in the life of every entrepreneur, here you can find the ultimate leadership books that can help every entrepreneur become a better leader.

Man’s Search for Meaning

By Viktor Frankl

“Don’t aim at success — the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run — in the long run, I say — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” Man’s Search for Meaning

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

By Jim C. Collins

“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.” Good to Great

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

By Robert B. Cialdini

“A well-known principle of human behavior says that when we ask someone to do us a favor we will be more successful if we provide a reason. People simply like to have reasons for what they do.”  Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

By Bill George

“Just as a compass points toward a magnetic field, your True North pulls you toward the purpose of your leadership. When you follow your internal compass, your leadership will be authentic, and people will naturally want to associate with you. Although others may guide or influence you, your truth is derived from your life story and only you can determine what it should be.” Introduction of True North

How to Win Friends and Influence People

By Dale Carnegie

Quotes from the book:

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.”

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen R. Covey

Quotes from the book:

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and
he will become as he can and should be.”

“Start with the end in mind.”

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

By Seth Godin

Quotes from the book:

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.
People will follow.”

“Leaders lead when they take positions, when they connect with their tribes, and when they help the tribe connect to itself.”

“Leadership, on the other hand, is about creating change you believe in.”

─ February 21, 2015