Best Business and Leadership Books Your Alumni Still Takes Lessons From

The great Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist, once said in an interview that he has filters in his mind which helps him to process the information very quickly. And when asked about his media routine, he simply said – I read and read and read.  In his words, reading around 500 pages a day was the key to success that helped him serving the position of chairman and CEO in Berkshire Hathaway. If there’s one lesson everyone should take from Warren Buffet’s life, it is “Make reading a necessity of your life, and use the gained information to build your professional hierarchy.”

Where there’s no doubt that reading is one of the most effective ways to gain a multi-perspective understanding of business and management principles, selecting the right reading material to pave the path of management success equally matters. Whether you’re a bookaholic who loves to read other-than curriculum books, or you’re someone who cannot even bare the course books nicely – Reading is one habit that you need to inherit as soon as you realise the wisdom it carries.

I personally believe that reading not only makes you wise but also indulge some other crucial skills into your individuality that make your professional journey a tale to remember lifelong. Whatever your future plan is – to launch a startup, or work in a renowned company, the books listed below are full of valuable lessons that your Alumni still reach out for to succeed in the business world.

1. “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers” by Ben Horowitz

Experiential learning is something that cannot be replaced by any other thing. Similarly, taking mantras that are derived from real-life stories of successful people help you in a broader manner. This book provides an extremely practical and honest experience of running a company, managing people, and handling tough problems. It is a must-read for those students who want to start their own venture after learning the nitty-gritty of management.

2. “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

Influencing people is a major art of networking and team building that being an MBA student you must have to conquer. Be its making people like you, or winning people to your way of thinking, or changing people without arousing resentment or giving offence – this book is your best guide to make people talk in your tone and work in one set direction. Every MBA student read this book, especially those who see themselves as future managers.  

3. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill

With a tagline ‘Unleash The Secret To Success’, this book contains 14 chapters each focus on delivering a perfect message of making money smartly and running business precisely. Been put to a practical test by thousands of people in almost every walk of life, the book introduces readers with the power desire (an impulse of unforgettable thought) holds. By reading this book you can think deeply about all the chances life offers to you to unleash riches, but lost them, because you’re so impatient to seek what destiny prepared for you. In the introduction itself, ‘Three Feet From Gold’ and ‘A Fifty Cent Lesson In Persistence’ are the real-life situations that teach you the value of believing your thoughts and work passionately to turn your imagination into reality.

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4. “Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace” by Gordon MacKenzie

People who love to read a lot of business books refer to this as “cult classic” as the concepts used in this book come from creativity workshops that MacKenzie used to teach in corporate settings. In order to explain how to avoid mediocrity and foster creative genius in yourself and others, he used anecdotes from his 30-year career. If you find reading books boring because they don’t have many pictures, then this book is one best pick to read. You’ll find a lot of funny illustrations to take a break from the boring text. Undoubtedly, the book is a must-read for MBA students who want to take a leap from ingrained corporate patterns and desire to learn the key of originality and creativity.

You know where to go while roaming at FIIB to read books. We bet you learn some valuable lessons from these books which help you further in your professional journey.