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17 business and leadership books that have helped MBA students succeed in the business world

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 18 Mar 2019


Insider Pickswrites about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.Whether you're a startup founder seeking advice to guide your journey or an exec who's always challenging herself to become a better leader, you can probably find the proper inspiration in one of the thousands of business books published every year.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."Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy" by Magdalena YesilBuy it here >>Throughout her book, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Magdalena Yesil urges women to take control of their careers and combat the gender wage gap. Magdalena immigrated to the United States in 1976 with only $43 and today is best known as the first investor in the multi-billion dollar company, Salesforce. A definite must-read for anyone looking to get ahead in business.Heidi Zak, co-founder of ThirdLove, MIT Sloan School of Management"The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. ChristensenBuy it here >> This is probably one of the best known books on innovation and business out there, but I think it's for good reason and worth highlighting again. For entrepreneurs and leaders of startups, there are layers and layers of insightful thinking on product market fit, how many large companies eventually "over-engineer" their products and create opportunity for new entrants, and deep thoughts on how to create and capture value in these situations.Christensen's book is also the intellectual foundation for a lot of the best business writing out there today (like Stratechery by Ben Thompson, a personal favorite) and is necessary reading for anyone interested in how these ideas have evolved over time.Josh Hix, co-founder of Plated, Harvard Business School"Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose" by Tony HsiehBuy it here >>"Delivering Happiness" provides areal-lifeblueprint for starting and growing a company. It inspired much of the foundation of Cuyana and I highly recommend it!Karla Gallardo, co-founder of Cuyana, Stanford Graduate School of BusinessSee the rest of the story at Business Insider
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