5 Brilliant Books That Could Make an Impact on Business Students


By Staff Writer Published on February 15, 2018

If you have ever considered taking business courses in school, you will love these five brilliant books that will impact how you conduct business in the future.

Read or listen to the books on this list and you’ll gain a greater, broader, deeper, and ultimately more well-rounded understanding of how to win in the world of business . . . and in life!

1- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Rated at 4 ½ stars by almost 8,000 readers on Amazon, it’s no lie that this book is a critical one to have on your bookshelf. Whether you’re the type of person who is more introverted or someone who desires to be a social butterfly but doesn’t know how to pull it off, the real-world guidance given in these pages will help you succeed.

The first half of the book discusses techniques in dealing with people in your everyday life and how to be a likable person in general. The second half of the book gives instructions on how to win others over to your side of thinking and how to be a leader without offending or causing resentment.

An updated version of How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age comes with tips on dealing properly with people online and through electronic means.

2- Successful Writing by Maxine Hairston and Michael Keene

There is a surprising amount of writing done in business (and business school). Throughout your career, you will be expected to write a wide variety of communiqué, including emails, promotional materials, proposals, research papers, and more.

This easy-to-follow guide goes over the basics of researching, drafting, writing, revising, and editing but also gets into the deeper aspects of successful writing, such as:

  • Making your writing visually attractive
  • Tightening your writing
  • Achieving sentence closure
  • Avoiding antagonizing your readers
  • Controlling for bias
  • Adding metaphors for clarity

Offering simple instruction for those who are just starting out and practical reminders for even those who have been writing for a while, you’ll find yourself underlining over and over again.

3- Secrets of Effective Leadership: A Practical Guide to Success by F.A. Manske, Jr.

Although published in the 1980s, the sage advice contained within this book is just as true today as it was then. Not only does it list the standards leaders should strive to live by (honesty, confidence, decisiveness, loyalty, determination, etc.), but the author emphasizes how to achieve peak performance. Later chapters go over the importance for leaders to manage stress, to stay physically healthy, and to strive for a more rewarding personal life.

It’s chock full of inspirational quotations, and even includes a detailed Leadership Self Appraisal; you’ll not only be left feeling motivated, you’ll have the self-awareness to know where to start on your leadership improvement journey.

4- Work Less, Do More: The 14-Day Productivity Makeover by Jan Yager

Lack of efficiency is a constant problem for businesses, but we rarely consider ourselves part of the problem. The thing is, we may actually be getting far less done in our workday than we think, given the conveniences of email and texting, never-ending online resources, and the abundance of apps installed on our handheld devices.

This workbook will help you:

  • Eliminate distractions
  • Conquer email overload
  • Run shorter, more effective meetings
  • Identify and avoid time wasters
  • Optimally prioritize
  • Effectively use phone equipment
  • Simplify and master paperwork

You’ll also learn how to deal with the Five P’s:

  1. Procrastination
  2. Perfectionism
  3. Poor Planning
  4. Poor Pacing
  5. Petulance (poor attitude)

The author uses fun and engaging quizzes and worksheets to help you identify and conquer productivity snags.

5- The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships by Michael P. Nichols

Sure, this is a must-read for anyone, but it’s also relevant for those who are seeking to improve working relationships with co-workers, colleagues, and customers. It’s a powerful and informative narrative to all the ways we are listening wrong . . . and there are a lot of them!

Clinical, practical advice teaches how to avoid letting anger, anxiety, and fear impede your ability to listen. You’ll learn how to manage criticism and intrusiveness. Perhaps, above all, you’ll learn how to improve your self-esteem and decrease the ever-prevailing tendency we all have to react emotionally to everything we hear. All of these newly learned skills will be of great use to you throughout your career as you deal with others in business.

Now that you’re all stocked up on must-reads for business students, request more information on Stevens-Henager business degree programs!