By Ashley Snodgrass
It was Harry S. Truman who said, “Not All Readers Are Leaders, But All Leaders Are Readers”. Top business leaders often quote President Truman’s philosophy as one of their keys to success. As someone who enjoys reading books and listening to audiobooks, I’ve found it can be overwhelming to sort through stacks of business-related leadership, marketing, team building, customer service, professional development books and more to find the true experts and best advice.
I recently received this EntreLeadership Reading Guide from Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership email newsletter. The reading guide includes, “100 Books Every Small-Business Owner Needs to Read”. I’ve found this guide to be helpful because the list of 100 books are divided up by category, which allows me to choose a topic, and read 3-5 of the best books published under that topic. Additionally, many of the authors with books featured on this list have also been interviewed on the EntreLeadership podcast, and this is noted with an icon near the book title. The EntreLeadership podcast is another tool from Dave Ramsey’s company, Ramsey Solutions, where major business leaders are interviewed about how they lead their massive, influential companies. It is a fantastic learning opportunity to have access to interviews with so many brilliant business minds.
The EntreLeadership Reading Guide has also been a valuable tool for choosing books for RISQ Consulting’s book club. It can be challenging to choose books to read just by looking at Amazon reviews, so I appreciate having a resource like the EntreLeadership Reading Guide which is a vetted list of go-to greats. Even though the cover page of the guide specifically mentions the books are for small-business owners, in my experience the books are helpful for business leaders or teams who want to grow personally and professionally.