5 business must-reads that stray from the classics

To get a grasp of how to build your path to success, just look in a book.

It may be old school, but the best advice comes from the library. However, to get the information you need to be successful, you need to know what information you need to be successful. In other words, what books should you read?

It's an important question that will define your career because books are worth looking into, for it will be the smartest investment you will ever make.

These books are some you may not have heard of because they reach far past the remarkable - yet repeatitive - classics.

Instead, these books delve deeper into the 'hows' of business.

1. The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker

Peter believes in getting the right things done, and that's the reason most shelves still hold copies of The Effective Executive.

In this book, Drucker explains how there some leaders are just natural, there are specific skills to be developed to make you a better executive, and therefore, a better businessman.

2. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Take it to the next level with Good to Great, a book where Collins will tell you how to achieve more and be remarkable.

Research is not taken for granted in this book - Collins cites five years of thorough studies into more than 6,000 articles and 2,000 pages worth of reviews. It's refreshingly evaluating business leadership with a twist.

3. Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built by Richard Tedlow

Ford, Carnegie, Walton. How did the shadows of these three names tower over national commerce?

Tedlow describes the lives of these true business giants that have changed the world in a big way. Even the earnest business person can learn so much from this inside life story of the struggles and successes of these world-renowned leaders.

4. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership
by Bill George

Original ideas of leadership are one thing, and the time-worn models of what used to work in the world of business are another.

George inspires you to know yourselves and create your style of leadership - one that truly works.

5. Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod

MacLeod has his unique ideas about everything from random doodles on the back of cards to his own popular blog.

What MacLeod has the most opinions about is the true meaning of life and standing out from your competitors, which he does every single day.

Want to know how to foster new ideas? How to be creative? Hugh covers it all in this lively illustrated guide to unleashing the inner idea-maker of you.

Does any of these books seem interesting to you? Read it soon, for it may just change your take on life or show you a new perspective. If you have any other books, you'd like to add, comment below.

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