Entrepreneurs Bookshelf: 10 books to get you started in leadership

I am a pretty avid reader (audible subscriber) and I absolutely love sharing books that have changed my business and my career. I wanted to do a quick post about the top 10 books that I have read on leadership that has changed the way I live my personal life and my business life.

To make it easy I created a KIT so you can check all of my recommendations here:

 

 

  1. How To Win Friends and Influence People: This is a book that has definitely stood the test of time. It is also a book that you can read every year and pick up something new. It is by far my #1 pick for learning how to interact with others and how to become an influencer. 

  2. The One Thing: This is a book that I just finished. It was recommended to me to my boss and COO of our company. As an ENFP it definitely helped me to find focus and learn to focus on one thing at a time.
  3. Leadership Lessons from a UPS driver: This is a great book that talks about a UPS driver’s journey from driver to leadership and the culture of UPS to be focused on we instead of me. Great read if you are looking to build a culture in your business.
  4. Who Moved my Cheese? : This is a very short read and it is another one of those timeless leadership books that you can read over and over and be reminded that everything is always in flux and is constantly changing.
  5. The 4 Hour Work Week: Now with 100 new pages added Tim Ferris takes you on a journey on how you can free yourself from the bounds of your 9-5 job. My biggest takeaway was the mini-retirements now instead of waiting until the end of my life.
  6. Guerrilla Marketing, 4th edition: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business: This book gave me so many ideas when I first started my business. Not only did I learn inexpensive marketing tactics but also learned how to be in the “Guerilla Mindset” and the content in the book has paid in dividends.

  7. Lead…. for Gods Sake: I have to admit this book sat on the shelf for about a year after I got it. I was fortunate to meet the author in Canton, Ohio last year and I picked up the book. I really wish I would have picked it up sooner. The book has so many great points on relationships, leadership, and finding your purpose in life. The book is not very long but it has had a tremedous affect on my life.
  8. Getting Things Done: If you do a Google search for productivity frameworks, chances are you will find the GTD or Getting Things Done framework. This books is the Bible for all things organization and workflow. Pick up this book if you need to get your life in line and organized.
  9. The Lean Startup: I read this book several years ago when I started an app development company and it was my first entry into entrepreneurship. This book shares many ideas and strategies for people starting their businesses and the importance of shipping a minimum viable product.
  10. 5 Levels of Leadership: For some reason I am drawn to books that lay things out in a simple fashion that I can relate to. The 5 levels of leadership does that. Identiying where you are on your leadership journey and how you can not only grow but also grow people around you is the key to successful leadership.

TJ Houston

TJ Houston the Vice President of Managed services at Epiphany Management Group. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at http://www.tjshots.com. All of the views on this site are his own.