17 business and leadership books that have helped MBA students succeed in the business world
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To save you the trouble of sifting through each and every one of them, we've previously narrowed down the huge category to the most influential books, the books CEOs recommend reading, and the best books of 2018 so far.
A group of people who no doubt have some thoughts about the business and leadership books you should read are MBA students, so I asked some MBA alumni about the books that have actually stuck with them long past business school.
After graduating from the top business schools in the country, they've gone on to found successful startups or lead business development, analytics, and product strategy at their respective companies.
With all the clutter in the world of business publishing, these MBA-recommended books are worth more than one read. They contain insights and lessons that are applicable in real business situations, from strategy and negotiations to team-building and company culture.
Learn why MBA alumni love the following 17 business and leadership books.
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"Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy" by Magdalena Yesil
"The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. Christensen
"Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose" by Tony Hsieh
"What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School: Notes from a Street-smart Executive" by Mark McCormack
"The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm" by Tom Kelley
"The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers" by Ben Horowitz
"Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" by Phil Jackson
"Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike" by Phil Knight
"Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis" by Robert F. Kennedy
"Made in America" by Sam Walton
"Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd, Applied to Business" by Chet Richards
"The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis
"Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World" by Adam Grant
"Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success" by Adam Grant
"The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing" by Al Ries and Jack Trout
"Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" by Ed Catmull
"Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck-Why Some Thrive Despite Them All" by Jim Collins
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