There’s nothing better than kicking back with a good book when you have a bit of downtime on a business trip. So why not take the opportunity to step up your leadership game and management skills? Whether you’re heading over to the bookstore to get a hard copy or downloading them onto your Amazon Kindle, this selection of great books will really help you boost your professional skills. Not to mention that they’re an amazing read for any business traveler on your next trip!
Reading is a recurring habit among successful people. It’s commonly known that Warren Buffet would read about 800 pages a day, Bill Gates reads 50 books a year, and that the average CEO reads
4-5 books a month.So, why is so important for you to start reading on your path to professional success?
Use whatever downtime you may have to catch up on your reading. Put away your phone and your social media accounts, and grab a new book to set you on the path to success both this and next year. Whether you’re on a flight, winding down at the hotel bar, or commuting to your office, here are some of the best non-fiction business books out there. And no, they're not just books about business travel or
travel management, we promise.
Meet the 8 individualistic CEOs who run General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne. Ranked #1 on Warren Buffet’s recommended reading list, this book takes you on a journey through these CEO’s paths to success.
Ever encounter someone in the workplace and think they didn’t need to be jerks to make their point? Kim Scott certainly has, and in her book Radical Candor, she discusses how you can strike a balance between being kind and being clear. Having worked both at Google and Apple, Kim Scott provides readers with insights on how to be an effective leader.
Eric Ries’s book The Lean Startup changed the way entrepreneurs launch business worldwide. He argues that yes, most early phase businesses fail—but that most of the time, those failures can be prevented. The book started an entire movement transforming the way businesses and products are built and launched. A must-read for modern entrepreneurs.
Want to know what the “big secret” to success is? Passion and perseverance. It’s a simple recipe. Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance outlines the importance of sticking to your laurels when the going gets tough. She claims that following your passion is the only thing that will keep you going through thick and thin. It’s a great piece for anyone looking for a bit of motivation.
For over 25 years, this book has been influencing and inspiring professionals across the globe. A bestseller, it has sold more than 10 million copies, guiding people through its philosophical principles on how to become a more effective individual in a step-by-step approach. It’s about helping you achieve a life of fairness, integrity, honesty, and dignity. Not to mention that it comes with a great workbook to help you put this theory into practice.
Do you lead a team, or hope to one day? Simon Sinek analyzes why some teams develop great levels of trust, and others don’t. He traveled the world, working with organizations and observing how different leadership styles and actions can affect how teams come together—or don’t. He draws a parallel to the military “officers eat last” credo and argues that a good leader sacrifices everything for the sake of their team.
First published in 1776, this is the world’s first real analysis of how nations build wealth. It is the basis of modern economics and has inspired countless politicians, economists, and thought leaders who shaped the world as we know it today. The book looks at significant topics like productivity, the division of labor, and free markets. This is an absolute must-read for anyone hoping to advance their career, especially in economics and finance.
For any of you thinking that our global approach to work and life needs a bit of a change, this is the book for you. Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of the Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global, looks at the demands of a career against the demands of a family. She explores topics like meditation, mindfulness, psychology, and sleep, weighing the importance of this in building the right attitude towards success.
Sometimes, the best lessons come from the real-life stories of others. Michelle Obama takes her readers on a journey through her life—from growing up in the South Side of Chicago, to becoming on of the most influential women on the planet. All while raising two children and developing a career of her own. She shares her successes and failures, giving readers an inside glimpse into her world. Pick it up for an engaging way to spend time on your flight.
A renowned psychologist from Stanford University, Carol S. Dweck explores how everything we do can be influenced by our mindset. From sports to work, to friendships, he believes that people with a growth mindset are more likely to flourish than those with a fixed mindset. Read this book if ever you’re feeling a little stuck in your personal or professional life.For full summaries of each book and what you can get out of them, don't forget to look at their GoodReads reviews. If you're more interested in travel tips, check out our article on the
best tips for corporate travel.