101 Best Business Books... And Many More to Come

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Maybe you have some of these questions rolling around in your head…

  • How can I gain an edge over the competition? 
  • Exactly what do I need to do to turbocharge my career?
  • I’m a budding entrepreneur, how do I grow my business skills? 
  • I’m a busy executive, how do I level up? 
  • I wanna know how great leaders inspire?
  • How do I create radically successful businesses?
  • Can I create uncontested market space?
  • Should I break all the rules?
  • Is Steve Jobs someone to emulate?
  • Is it possible to have a personal life and financial success?
  • How do business leaders grow rich?
  • Are there business books entrepreneurs must read?
  • Is there 1 business book that towers over the rest?

Then this collection of the best business books ever printed is perfect for you. I’ve scoured Amazon, bookshelves of other successful people, conferences, forums, and my own bookshelf to find these books.

These outstanding works will help you navigate the muddy waters of business life. Whether you want to master sales, digital marketing, leadership, or just about any other topic, you’ll find everything here. As a business leader and an author of many highly-rated books myself, I know the value of an exceptionally good business read.

For me, Why Stuff Sucks® began with the printed word. From that foundation, a company and a new paradigm was born. Realizing the suck in business life had a purpose and was actually a prerequisite for sustained and meaningful success. You can take these other bestselling business books wherever you go and in whatever format works best for you (audio, ebook, print).

Before we jump into the list of 101 books, check out the video above on why I started writing the Why Stuff Sucks® series of books.

Table of Contents

Why Stuff Sucks® Business Books

1. Why Leadership Sucks™ Volume 1 by Miles Anthony Smith

Formats: eBook, Audiobook, Paperback

Leadership sucks for sure, but it can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling in the midst of the challenges. What is about relationship management that’s so tough? Some consider it a calling to lead people; we need more of those to take up the mantle of leadership and lead with grace, class, integrity, and wisdom.

Why does it suck?

Because it requires near constant selfless service. Servant leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, painful, and counterintuitive at times. Yet, it’s the only kind of leadership that can bring lasting results, true happiness, and fulfillment. And if we don’t learn how to recharge our batteries, we will burn out, no matter how “called” we feel to the role.

In volume one of this series, I break down why servant leadership is the only way to go. It’s an easy read that’s laid out in 4 simple sections. It will arm you with the fundamentals that you need to become an effective servant leader.

2. Why Leadership Sucks™ Volume 2 by Miles Anthony Smith

Formats: eBook, Audiobook, Paperback

In volume two of my series on leadership, I discuss the pain and pitfalls of being a servant leader. I cover more practical strategies, some of my business adventures, good habits, and a surprising truth that will round out your skills as a servant leader.

3. Why Career Advice Sucks™ by Miles Anthony Smith

Formats: eBook, Audiobook, Paperback

  • Struggling to find a job with good pay/benefits + doesn’t wholly crush your soul?
  • Know how to discover more profitable job opportunities?
  • What industries are the best to focus on?

Then Why Career Advice Sucks™ is the book for you. In it, we talk about why college may or may not be profitable for your unique situation, some atypical career paths that pay more than you’d think, and how technology is roiling the landscape, creating as many opportunities as it destroys.

I’ll also teach you how to find the “right fit” career path and why staying longer at a job is less secure than hopping from job to job (flip-flop from what it used to be). Don’t worry; there is hope to be found in the job-seeking trenches, and I’m here to guide your journey with actionable advice.

4. Why Forgiveness Sucks™ by Christopher Paul Elliott

Formats: eBook, Audiobook, Paperback

In this life-changing book, Christopher dives deep into his abused childhood and how the experience helped him uncover his authentic self. Elliott did so by removing all the fear-based beliefs from his troubled past. In this powerful book, he lays out four simple steps to deal with the negative experiences from your past and improve your self-management.

That way, you can begin to lead a more prosperous, fuller, happier life. And this isn’t just relevant for personal growth but has massive implications in our business relationships.

Chris was able to find forgiveness for his late abusive father. In doing so, he was not only able to find peace, but he stopped allowing his anger to control his life and working relationships. He’s now an amazingly loving father, husband, boss, and co-worker.

If you’re struggling to forgive someone in your life or want to know all of the implications of unforgiveness, this is an essential read.

Management Books

No business can succeed without top-notch management. If you’re eager to add to your people management skill set, these books are the best of the best.

10. The First-Time Manager by Jim McCormick, Loren B. Belker, Gary S. Topchik

Strategy Books

A winning strategy can mean the difference between success and failure in business. These books will help you stay one step ahead of the competition.

Best Startup Books

If you’re just getting started with your business, you need as much reliable information as you can get. These books will help you keep your startup on track.

Technology Books

In our digital age, business and technology are forever married. If your company is a bit lacking in the tech department, one of these books is a great idea.

Best Digital Marketing Books

Are you still struggling to understand the complexities of digital marketing? Then you need to check out these books to get up-to-date. They provide succinct and reliable info for improving your digital marketing campaigns to generate more quality visits, leads, and sales.

Self-Improvement Books

If you need a self-help book, these are for you. We’re all a work in progress, which is why we need continuous improvement all the time.

Customer Service Books

Is the customer always right? What must we do better than our competitors to delight our customers and keep them from jumping ship? Check out these books to find out the answer to that question for good.

Best Business Biographies

If you want to get to the top, you need to learn from the best. These fantastic business biographies will help you do just that (as well as avoid some crippling mistakes.)

Leadership Books

A company can’t truly take off without excellent leadership in place. Once you read these great books, you’ll be a star servant leader.

Entrepreneurship Books

Tired of working the same old 9-5 job? Then it’s time to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and start your own business.

Or maybe you’re already in business for yourself and are looking to expand. These excellent books will show aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners the way.

Career Books

Having a job and a career are two very different things. If you’re ready to quit your job and wonder if there is a more fulfilling and purposeful career, you should be reaching for these.

Best Productivity Books

Having trouble finishing all your work during the busy day? Are you constantly down on yourself for not getting everything you planned done. Then taking a quick peek at Amazon will do you a ton of good.

Best Books on Success

Ah success, it’s what we all fight for every single today. If you are stuck trying to get to the next level, these can give you some fresh ideas.

70. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

Books on Emotional Intelligence (EI/EQ)

Strong EQ is invaluable for anyone in business, and it starts with self-awareness. Being able to control your emotions while recognizing them in others is a powerful tool, and these books will teach you how.

Best Digital Transformation Books

In today’s age, companies won’t get anywhere without proper digital transformation. These books will equip you with the tools you need to stay on the cutting-edge of technology, which now touches everything in our business and personal lives.

Best Finance Books

Do you want to learn more about day trading, flipping houses, or the inner workings of Wall Street finance? Then these books are sure to blow your financial mind.

Sales Books

It’s hard to find success if you don’t know how to influence people in some way. That’s why you need these tried and true sales books by your side, one’s even by an international hostage negotiator.

Business Books for Women

Are you a woman eager to climb the ladder in the business world? These books are a must read!

Best Consulting Books

Becoming a consultant is a great career step for seasoned professionals. If you want to make the jump or improve your existing consulting skills, don’t ignore these.

98. The Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford

The Wrap-Up on Top Business Books

Books provide us with knowledge, and knowledge is power, but power is only activated by putting knowledge into practice and rehearsing it over and over until we become proficient in that area. In the competitive world of business, we need to grow in this as much as we can.

These books will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to kill it in your industry and rise above the competition. Also, don’t forget to check out the books in my Why Stuff Sucks® series.