From rivetting exposés to inspirational leadership advice, The New York Times Best Sellers List for business books has something for everyone. Here are ten bestsellers that MBA students and other business-minded individuals are reading right now:
1.) Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, by John Carreyrou
Number One on The New York Times bestsellers list is the explosive story of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup that executed one of the biggest corporate frauds since the Enron scandal. Learn how the company's founder, Elizabeth Holmes, rallied support from major investors for a technology that didn't exist, eventually leading to her company's rapid downfall. Read The New York Times review.
2.) Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, by James Clear
Ideal for the MBA student struggling to stay organized and balance classes, work, and everything else, Atomic Habits provides a practical framework for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and reinforcing behavioral changes that have a lasting impact. Clear's book aims to motivate you and instill the willpower it takes to achieve success in various facets of your daily life. Learn more about Atomic Habits on Goodreads.
3.) Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts, by Brené Brown
World-renowned researcher and professor, Dr. Brené Brown, dives into the fabric of what makes somebody a "leader", exploring the qualities and dispositions that empower us to make courageous decisions and dare to shed their inhibitions in order to lead. Answering critical questions about leadership, Dr. Brown provides an actionable, research-based strategy for building stronger, more daring leaders. Learn more about Dare to Lead on Goodreads.
4.) Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, by Stephanie Land
In this powerful memoir, Stephanie Land details her experience working as a maid, giving the reader a lens through which to explore poverty in America and challenge the widening gap between the upper middle class and the lower working class. Read The New York Times review.
5.) Leadership: In Turbulent Times, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
In exploring the lives and presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Frankin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, Leadership shines a light on the qualities of leaders and how they manifest in times of adversity. What do great leaders all have in common, and are they born or made? Read The New York Times review.
6.) Best Self: Be You, Only Better, by Mike Bayer
Written by popular life coach and Dr. Phil Show regular, Mike Bayer, Best Self seeks to help people understand how to overcome self-doubt and self-destructive behaviors and mindsets to live a fuller, more uninhibited life. Learn more about Best Self on Goodreads.
7.) Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
A harrowing account of their own experiences in Iraq, two former Navy SEALs show you how to apply the tactics and principles they used on the battlefield to virtually every leadership scenario—including running a business. Learn more about Extreme Ownership on Goodreads.
8.) Principles: Life and Work, by Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio, successful entrepreneur and investor, shares the principles he's developed over a more-than-forty-year career. By laying forth the rules that have helped Dalio streamline and organize his business and his life, this book provides a novel and innovative approach to business that readers can apply to every decision they make. Learn more about Principles on Goodreads.
9.) Grit, by Angela Duckworth
Extolling the power of passion and perseverance, Angela Duckworth explores the importance of grit in achieving success—a focused determination that's just as, if not more important than talent. Personal, intuitive, and enlightening, Duckworth's book seeks to teach readers at any stage of their careers that continued grit will make all the difference in their successes. Read The New York Times review.
10.) The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future, by Ryder Carroll
The Bullet Journal Method enforces the concept of "intentional living": the idea of weeding out distractions to focus time and energy on what's most meaningful in your life and applying that mindset to how you structure and organize your daily tasks. Learn more about The Bullet Journal Method on Goodreads.
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