From the top · 6 September 2017

The ten best books for entrepreneurs every ambitious founder needs to read?

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND,  25JAN13 - Sheryl Sandberg,  Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board,  Facebook,  USA; Young Global Leader Alumnus gives a statement during the session 'Women in Economic Decision-making' at the Annual Meeting 2013 of the World Economic Forum in Davos,  Switzerland,  January 25,  2013. Copyright by World Economic Forum swiss-image.ch/Photo Michael Wuertenberg
We’ve considered what each different kind of entrepreneur needs on their bookshelf
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.

  1. The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It

The E-Myth Revisited

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.?

  1. Bill Gates:a Biography

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

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.

  1. Lean In: Women Work and the Will to Lead

Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg

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.

  1. How To Get Rich

How To Get Rich

Felix Dennis

The money-making manual


 
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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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