Top 25 Must Read Business Books

Some of the greatest industry leaders are also known as some of the greatest learners. Industry leaders like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are known to be extensive readers. Why? Because with so much information being published daily, there are endless opportunities to learn from experts with a wide variety of experiences.

You can never go wrong with learning more about your field and yourself. Books are a great way to increase your knowledge in ways that your formal education may not be fulfilling. These are our picks for the top 25 must read business books for college students or recent graduates: 

  1. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  2. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  3. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
  4. Grit by Angela Duckworth
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  6. Drive by Daniel H. Pink
  7. The One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Spencer Johnson and Constance Johnson
  8. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  9. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  10. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  11. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  12. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  13. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  14. Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin
  15. The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
  16. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein
  17. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
  18. In Search of Excellence by Thomas Peter and Robert H. Waterman
  19. Built to Last by Jim Collins
  20. Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard
  21. Leadership and Self-Deception by Arbinger Institute
  22. Reengineering the Corporation by Michael Hammer and James A. Champy
  23. First, Break All the Rules: What the Worlds Greatest Managers Do Differently by Jim Halter
  24. The Goal: The Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
  25. The Human Side of Enterprise by Douglas McGregor

You cannot go wrong with any of these excellent reads. Which book are you going to read?


Have you already read most of these books? Find more great business books at the Business Insider’s top 25 list and TIME Magazine’s top 25.