Leadership Books

Main Navigation

The Seven Legendary Business Books to Read Before You Die!

The Seven Legendary Business Books to Read Before You Die!

You can imagine that easily over 1000 or so books get published daily, and that has been the case for so many years. However, only some have achieved legendary status. These seven books are legendary as they have stood the test of time and are must-reads to develop your leadership skills. Read them and become legendary!

1. Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”

Covey wrote this legendary self-help book, and it spurred 1,000 more copycat books, but none stood the time as the original. There are seven effective habits, and one must read and adopt them all to be successful in leadership. It has inspired 25 million readers worldwide and has been translated into a staggering 40 languages.          

2. Jim Collins’ “Good to Great”

All leaders wanting to build successful businesses must read “Good to Great” by Jim Collins. Collins dedicated five years to examining businesses achieving greatness and figured out the catalysts that grew them from good to great. This incredible book has been translated into 35 different languages with sales of over four million copies.

3. Eric Ries’s “The Lean Startup”

If you want to learn how startups launch and thrive, you must read “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. The secrets include experimentation, customer feedback, and continuous improvement, and by applying these, you could launch innovative and successful businesses. It has been translated into 30 languages and sold over a million copies globally.

4. James Whittaker “Think and Grow Rich

Like Covey’s book, “Think and Grow Rich” has achieved legendary status. The best way to succeed, according to Hill, is positive thinking and working toward your goals. Over a whopping 100 million copies have been sold worldwide, including 40 different translations.

5. Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”

Since it was first authored 2000 years ago, it has been in the library of every famous military general and business leader. Sun Tzu teaches leaders how to know their enemy and coordinate strategies as per that knowledge. This book has been translated into 25 different languages, with 10 million copies sold.

6. Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

“How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie redefines legendary books by teaching leaders impactful communication and establishing solid bonds. The guidance is focused on communication strategies, analyzing human nature and behavior, and being empathetic toward others. With over 30 million copies sold globally and in 36 different languages, you can never go wrong with this book because its success speaks for itself.

7. Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard’s “The New One Minute Manager”

“The One Minute Manager” is an excellent book that teaches effective leadership with an emphasis on clarity and simplicity. Blanchard and Johnson keep things simple by providing a practical framework for people management. Their book has sold about 13 million copies worldwide with 37 different translations.

It is always wise to learn from the best in business leadership, and you can do no wrong by reading these seven books by accomplished authors. These have sold millions globally and have been in existence for many years. You can improve yourself professionally and personally and build outstanding and longstanding relationships with others. These books are essential reading for any business executive, no matter where he or she is standing in the corporate world.



Michael Stickler is a best-selling author and internationally sought-after speaker. His highly acclaimed work includes Cliven Bundy: American Terrorist Patriot, Journey to Generosity, and Life Without Reservation. His 19th book, Ghost Patriot is his first book in the political fiction genre, and it is quickly approaching best-seller status. When not traveling the world as an author/speaker, you might find Michael in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, or on a beach near Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, writing his next book. You can find out more about Michael at

You may also contact Michael at Leadership Speakers Bureau to schedule him for speaking or leadership engagements.


Leave a Reply