Business leaders

What do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, and Arianna Huffington have in common? All of these smart, savvy, successful business leaders share a passion for self-improvement through reading.

If you want to improve your skills as a business owner, why not spend a bit of time each day reading books that guide you to greater success?

This reading list of 4 inspiring business books will help you get started:


  • “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder” by Arianna Huffington
    President and Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Huffington is the author of fourteen books including this best-selling guide to a more healthy and rewarding life. Drawing on the latest scientific research, she demonstrates how we all benefit personally and professionally when we forgo traditional measures of success in favour of more mindful living. Check out Huffington’s Ted Talk with simple advice on how to succeed.
  • “Screw Business As Usual” by Richard Branson
    Founder of Virgin Group (which currently controls more than 400 companies), Richard Branson is also known for his philanthropic ideals. In this unusual business book Branson shares his unique vision for the future of business, arguing for a radical shift from a singular focus on profit to a more caring approach to decision-making that puts people, communities, and the planet first.
  • Winners and How They Succeed” by Alastair Campbell
    Selected by Richard Branson as one of his list of 70 must read books, this guide to what it takes to succeed was authored by Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist. Based on in-depth interviews with successful athletes, entrepreneurs and global leaders, Campbell identifies four key traits shared by the world’s most successful people. Learn how you can cultivate a winning mindset and achieve your goals with Campbell’s blueprint for winning.
  • “Persuasion: A New Approach to Changing Minds” by Arlene Dickinson
    Best known for her role as an investor on Canadian reality show Dragon’s Den, Arlene Dickinson started out in business as a 30 year old divorcee and single mom before becoming partner and CEO of Venture Communications. In her autobiographical rags to riches story she shares what she’s learned about success along the way—in particular, the lost art of communication in the digital age.


Final thoughts

It’s a well-known fact that Warren Buffet used to read between 600 and 1000 pages per day at the start of his investing career and still devotes 80% of his day to reading.

If you still need extra motivation to make daily reading a habit, consider the many benefits to your health and wellbeing.

In addition to helping you build a more successful business, reading has been shown to enhance empathy, confidence, and improve decision-making—and can help combat stress, depression, and dementia.


At NCA we have a library that is available to our clients to help them become more successful business owners.

Some of the great reads we have in our library are:


Getting Naked – Patrick Lencioni

Lencioni illustrates the principles of inspiring client loyalty through a fascinating business fable. He explains the theory of vulnerability in depth and presents concrete steps for putting it to work in any organization. The story follows a small consulting firm, Lighthouse Partners, which often beats out big-name competitors for top clients. One such competitor buys out Lighthouse and learns important lessons about what it means to provide value to its clients.


The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber

Small business consultant and author Michael E. Gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common assumptions, expectations, and even technical expertise can get in the way of running a successful business. Gerber walks you through the steps in the life of a business—from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed—and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether or not it is a franchise. Most importantly, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni

Kathryn Petersen, Decision Tech’s CEO, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni’s utterly gripping tale serves as a timeless reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight.

Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams even the best ones-often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps that can be used to overcome these common hurdles and build a cohesive, effective team. Just as with his other books, Lencioni has written a compelling fable with a powerful yet deceptively simple message for all those who strive to be exceptional team leaders.


The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape

This book will show you how to create an entire financial plan that is so simple you can sketch it on the back of a serviette … and you’ll be able to manage your money in 10 minutes a week.

You’ll also get the skinny on:

  • Saving up a six-figure house deposit in 20 months
  • Doubling your income using the ‘Trapeze Strategy’
  • Saving $78,173 on your mortgage and wiping out 7 years of payments
  • Finding a financial advisor who won’t rip you off
  • Handing your kids (or grandkids) a $140,000 cheque on their 21st birthday
  • Why you don’t need $1 million to retire … with the ‘Donald Bradman Retirement Strategy’

Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

This book is full of stories from everyday Aussies — single people, young families, empty nesters, retirees — who have applied the simple steps in this book and achieved amazing, life-changing results.

If you would like to discuss your business or borrow one of the above books contact us here.