The ten best books for entrepreneurs every ambitious founder needs to read?
To help readers tap into some of the greatest business minds, weve brought together ten of the best books for entrepreneurs that continue to inspire and educate future generations of business leaders.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Michael E. Gerber
For the first-time founder
In the E-Myth Revisited, Michael E. Gerber addresses the most common misconceptions around starting a business. An essential starting point for new founders.
One of Gerber’s central strategies is to organise a small business in a similar way to a franchise fine tuning a concept that could be easily duplicated and easily run itself.
The author stresses the importance of working on your business, not in it, and offers readers a frank account of the entrepreneurial world’s harsh reality.?
Bill Gates:a Biography
Michael B. Becraft
Lessons from the top
Michael B. Becraft’s account of Bill Gates? rise to the top covers the Microsoft founder’s college drop-out days to the transformation of personal computing and philanthropy that define his career.
The biography is considered an unbiased account with balanced criticism of Gates? failings, sometimes questioning his management style, and covers his personal rivalry with Apple’s Steve Jobs.
As one of the most influential business leaders of the 21st Century, Bill Gates: A biography covers essential aspects of intellectual property, innovation and success.
Lean In: Women Work and the Will to Lead
The tech guru
When elected in 2012 to sit on Facebook’s board of directors, Sheryl Sandberg was the first woman to serve the social media giant at executive level.
She was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the same year, and is reported to be worth over $1.5bn.
Lean In tackles the lack of female figures in positions of business leadership. The book recounts anecdotes from successful and influential women to highlight the case for feminism in business.
Although criticised by The Guardian as an infantilising and reactionary guide for ambitious women, Lean In sold over 140, 000 copies in its first week and continues to be a best-seller.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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