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13 Incredible Books MBAs Need To Read

Knowledge is power, especially for MBAs

It’s very important for to always keep educating yourself to avoid a plateau. For an MBA, that should be their way of life. There is never a point in one’s life when they will know everything. We have composed a range of books that are bound to be useful to aspiring or current MBAs alike.

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#1 Admitted! Diane & Chad’s Excellent (MBA) Adventure

Admitted! Diane & Chad's Excellent (MBA) AdventureGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This graphic novel entertains you even as it teaches you about: – The social scene at top MBA programs like HBS and Wharton – What admissions officers really think when you mention Steve Jobs in your essay – Why MBAs recruit students from a diverse range of backgrounds

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#2 Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World by Jay Conrad Levinson

Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World by Jay Conrad LevinsonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Guerrilla Marketing to Heal the World, has been endorsed by Seth Godin, Chicken Soup’s Jack Canfield, the Executive Director of GreenBiz.com, and many others. The four guest essayists include Frances Moore Lappe, author of many books on food and democracy, and Cynthia Kersey, author of Unstoppable and Unstoppable Women.

The award-winning book makes the bottom-line case for being more profitable by creating and marketing products and services that turn hunger and poverty into sufficiency, war into peace, and catastrophic climate change into planetary balance. Examples and case studies range from Fortune 50 to solopreneurs.

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#3 The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben HorowitzGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Ben Horowitz, the author of this book is the co-founder and partner at Andreessen Horowitz. In this book, he gives his first-hand perspective of the challenging moments of running a business. He discusses things like hiring people, laying them off, and managing all of the business politics. His message throughout the book is that usually, the hard thing to do is usually the right thing to do.

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#4 The Power of Moments by Chip Heath

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The most important books for any MBA to read are those which help them to realize and refine their personal style of leadership. The Power of Moments explains how certain brief experiences are able to elevate and change people, and contains a strategy as to how one can recreate these moments. This book is particularly motivating for those who are entrepreneurial and wish to become impactful leaders. Its practical insights are both heuristic and immediately actionable.

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#5 Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Because most MBA students are seeking a career in leadership, gaining a more thorough understanding of persuasion is a must. Influence is a great book that sheds a light on the six ways people are persuaded. Although the book was written to protect consumers from a growing number of manipulative sales people and businesses, these six ‘weapons of influence’ can be ethically used by leaders to persuade others.

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#6 The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes

The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The book highlights five core principles essential to successful leadership and provides examples of these with stories. The laws of the model include Model the Way, Inspire a Shared Vision, Challenge the Process, Enable Others to Act, and last but certainly not least, they Encourage the Heart. What I like best about the book is that it’s an easy read and that action can apply to any industry.

I was first inspired to read the book after I saw an interview where Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr was endorsing it. The Leadership Challenge has personally helped me better connect with direct reports during challenging times by maintaining the same team spirit and commitment despite uncertainty.

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#7 Business Models For Dummies by Jim Muehlhausen

Business Models For Dummies by Jim Muehlhausen Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I think too many MBA’s enter business programs with rough ideas of key business concepts, but for anyone analyzing, building, or investing in a business, it’s crucial to understand what holds it all together. I heard the term used so many times throughout my four years in business school, but never gained a full and comprehensive understanding of business models and what my future business might look like until I read this book.

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#8 How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale CarnegieGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It is a classic with timeless advice on manners and people/human nature. You cannot go wrong with this one.

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#9 Porter’s Five Forces: Stay ahead of the competition

Porter's Five Forces: Stay ahead of the competition Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I took his class in business school and this is a classic. It takes you through all the key questions and steps with frameworks, rules and tools to be successful.

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#10 Great by Choice by Jim Collins

Great by Choice by Jim Collins Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book shares the stories and data to show the principles to build a great company.

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#11 Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I also took his negotiations class in business school and this reminds me of what he taught us, we are constantly negotiating in business and you have to always keep in mind what your best alternatives are and be ready to walk away.

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#12 Mountains of Spices by Hannah Hurnard

Mountains of Spices by Hannah Hurnard Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This is a great allegory about how important it is to press on to become what you are meant to be. Even when you are being bullied and told you will never be that person. The main character Much Afraid takes a journey to become who she always was as here bully relatives try to push her into turning back.

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#13 Leverage Leadership 2.0 A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools

Leverage Leadership 2.0 A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional SchoolsGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

If you’re in the education field (and even if you’re not), this book provides an in-depth look at what great leaders do to separate themselves from the rest. Discussion, actionable steps, and real-life success stories show that leadership isn’t just about charm and charisma, but it’s about how a leader uses their time to reach their goals.. Not only does this book give you tips and advice, but it shows you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

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Contributors to this article
David White from Menlo Coaching

Shel Horowitz from Going Beyond Sustainability

Caleb Backe from CalebBacke

Beth Cooper from KNB Communications

Ryan Glick from Pixelayn Innovations

Patrick Dean Hodgson from Media Dean LLC

Julia May Askin from Fueled

Paige Arnof-Fenn from Mavens & Moguls

Barbara E. Harvey from N/A

Libby Fischer from Whetstone Education

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