Books

We love books. We love them so much that we ask every successful entrepreneur and executive we interview for their favorite reads; the books that had the biggest impact on their professional lives.

Below is a compiled list, ranked by number of recommendations:

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins (20)

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman (13)

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey (8)

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki (7)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz (7)

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (7)

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (6)

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek (6)

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It…and Why the Rest Don’t by Verne Harnish (5)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (4)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni (4)

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (4)

Hyper Sales Growth: Street-Proven Systems & Processes. How to Grow Quickly & Profitably. by Jack Daly (3)

Rework by Jason Fried (3)

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (3)

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight (3)

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss (3)

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Roberts (3)

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman (3)

Winning by Jack Welch (3)

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (3)

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (2)

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (2)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand (2)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel (2)

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (2)

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder (2)

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins (2)

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (2)

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber (2)

The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard (2)

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox (2)

Three Feet from Gold: Turn Your Obstacles in Opportunities by Sharon L. Lechter (2)

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim (2)

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (2)

1776 by David McCullough (2)

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz (2)

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2)

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (2)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (2)

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card (2)

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond Ph.D. (2)

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by David McCullough (2)

The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough (2)

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2)

Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish (2)

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (2)

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (2)

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt (1)

Born Again by Charles Colson (1)

Top of Mind: Use Content to Unleash Your Influence and Engage Those Who Matter To You by John Hall (1)

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant (1)

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman (1)

MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins (1)

Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account by Miklos Nyiszli (1)

The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective by Andy Andrews (1)

The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen (1)

The Generals by W.E.B. Griffin (1)

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne (1)

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey by Candice Millard (1)

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power by Daniel Yergin (1)

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard (1)

Island of Saints: A Story of the One Principle That Frees the Human Spirit by Andy Andrews (1)

Sea of Glory: America’s Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 by Nathaniel Philbrick (1)

Alcoholics Anonymous: The Big Book by Anonymous (1)

The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics from an Entrepreneur’s Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a Fortune from Scratch by R. Donahue Peebles (1)

King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone by David Carey (1)

The Education of an American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way from a Nebraska Diner to Washington, Wall Street, and Beyond by Peter G. Peterson (1)

The Real Estate Entrepreneur: Everything You Need to Know to Grow Your Own Brokerage by Clifford Perotti (1)

Raising The Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines by Mark Seal (1)

The Rules of the Game: International Money and Exchange Rates by Ronald I. McKinnon (1)

Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-laszlo Barabasi (1)

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn (1)

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran (1)

How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath (1)

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello (1)

Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow by Elizabeth Lesser (1)

Make Big Happen: How to Live, Work and Give Big by Mark Moses (1)

Get a Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business by Gino Wickman (1)

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (1)

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown by Eric Blehm (1)

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell (1)

Life is Good: The Book by Bert and John Jacobs (1)

The Shift from One to Many: A Practical Guide to Leadership by Chrismon Nofsinger (1)

Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump (1)

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking (1)

Cosmos by Carl Sagan (1)

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (1)

Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (1)

Confidence Game: How Hedge Fund Manager Bill Ackman Called Wall Street’s Bluff by Christine S. Richard (1)

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins (1)

Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (1)

Managing The Professional Service Firm by David H. Maister (1)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (1)

Airframe: A Novel by Michael Crichton (1)

Next by Michael Crichton (1)

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell (1)

Playing for Pizza: A Novel by John Grisham (1)

Bossypants by Tina Fey (1)

How Google Works by Eric Schmidt (1)

The Dan Sullivan Question by Dan Sullivan (1)

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (1)

Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet by Jesse Itzler (1)

Scaling up Excellence by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao (1)

The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni (1)

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (1)

Story by Robert McKee (1)

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort (1)

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think by  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (1)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (1)

Business Brilliant: Surprising Lessons from the Greatest Self-Made Business Icons by Lewis Schiff (1)

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson (1)

Management Mantras by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (1)

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (1)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London (1)

The Talent Masters: Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers by Bill Conaty (1)

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin (1)

Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem (1)

The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman (1)

The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills — and Leave a Positive Impression! by Debra Fine (1)

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferazzi (1)

Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty: The Only Networking Book You’ll Ever Need by Harvey Mackay (1)

Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle by Larry Ellison and Matthew Symonds (1)

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan (1)

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1)

Pyramid by David Macaulay (1)

Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System–and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin (1)

The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich (1)

Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West by Stephen E. Ambrose (1)

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss (1)

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi (1)

Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith (1)

Start Small, Finish Big: Fifteen Key Lessons to Start–And Run–Your Own Successful Business by Fred DeLuca (1)

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek (1)

All You Need to Know About the Music Business by Donald S. Passman (1)

You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation by Wayne W. Dyer (1)

Coaching for Improved Work Performance by Ferdinand Fournies (1)

Where Is Joe Merchant? A Novel Tale by Jimmy Buffett (1)

Blueprint to a Billion: 7 Essentials to Achieve Exponential Growth by David G. Thomson (1)

The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies by Chet Holmes (1)

The Real Deal: My Life in Business and Philanthropy by Sandy Weill (1)

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow (1)

Leading Change by John P. Kotter (1)

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle (1)

The Pillars of the Earth: A Novel by Ken Follett (1)

Trinity by Leon Uris (1)

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin (1)

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg & John David Mann (1)

Great CEOs Are Lazy by Jim Schleckser (1)

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon (1)

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (1)

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer (1)

Eye of the Needle: A Novel by Ken Follett (1)

Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling in Life by Ken Costa (1)

Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive: Outsell, Outmanage, Outmotivate, and Outnegotiate Your Competition by Harvey B. Mackay (1)

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher (1)

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey (1)

The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman and William Pentak (1)

Discipline Without Punishment: The Proven Strategy That Turns Problem Employees into Superior Performers by Dick Grote (1)

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington (1)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (1)

Moonwalking with Einstein The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer (1)

Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Noah J. Goldstein, Ph.D (1)

How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger (1)

No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail  by Doug Tatum (1)

The Stand by Stephen King (1)

Consciously Creating Circumstances by George Winslow Plummer (1)

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1)

The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company by David Packard (1)

Building a Magnetic Culture: How to Attract and Retain Top Talent to Create an Engaged, Productive Workforce by Kevin Sheridan (1)

Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership by Harry M. Kraemer (1)

The Godfather by Mario Puzo (1)

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King (1)

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres (1)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1)

Intelligent Enterprise: A Knowledge and Service Based Paradigm for Industry by James Brian Quinn (1)

The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence by Ray Kurzweil (1)

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni (1)

Winning at Entrepreneurship: Insiders’ Tips on Buying, Building, and Selling Your Own Business by Rod Robertson (1)

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (1)

Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliott (1)

The Five Faces of Genius: Creative Thinking Styles to Succeed at Work by Annette Moser-Wellman (1)

The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge into Action by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton (1)

Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths And Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton (1)

The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni (1)

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny by Robin Sharma (1)

Lovemarks by Kevin Roberts (1)

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro (1)

Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by James Collins (1)

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman (1)

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart by Bill Bishop (1)

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown (1)

The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) by Clayton M. Christensen (1)

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown (1)

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore (1)

Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance by Bob P. Buford (1)

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (1)

Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, and Cold Calling by Jeb Blount (1)

Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow’s Big Changes by Mark Penn (1)

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter (1)

Who: The A Method for Hiring 1st by Geoff Smart and Randy Street (1)

(Last Updated: December 13, 2017)