Business leaders can’t afford to make excuses for not reading – not if you’re going to change the world. Seriously, you are not too busy, work is not too hectic, and you always have time to read! 

Don’t believe us? Warren Buffet reads 500 pages a day and continues to hold his status as a business magnate. We’re not saying you have to drop everything to go read a textbook but build a self-improvement habit by setting aside 30-minutes to read a day for 66 consecutive days. Not only will you see yourself improve, but your impact too! 

Helpful Hint: Feel like you really can’t afford 30-minutes a day? Turn your daily drive-home into a learning opportunity by listening to these must-read books with Scribd or Audible!

To get you started, here are 5 books we’ve read, loved, and truly believe every business leader must read:

Go for No

Written by: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

“Failing… and becoming a failure… are two very different things.” 

We know we just called you out on having time to read, but you’re right that you don’t have time for everything. This quick read is perfect for all the recovering people-pleasers out there! 

By helping you redirect your attention and energy into what makes you and your business thrive, this book empowers you to say politely “no” to everything else. 

Helpful Hint: This book is going to be a great way to prepare for our October MidWeek MindTweak series which will focus on Mindset! Schedule coming soon. 


The Orange Revolution

Written by: Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton

“We had a decision to make: Am I going to be great today?

Are you currently, preparing to or eventually going to build your team? Then this read is for you! 

This book reveals the rule of three (Wow, No Surprises, Cheer) for cultivating a breakthrough team and pleasing your customers.

Gostick and Elton also provide actionable tips, easy-to-follow examples of exemplary teams and their leaders, and a researched explanation for why it really will better your business. 


I Know How She Does It

Written by: Laura Vanderkam

“You don’t build the life you want by saving time. You build the life you want, and then time saves itself.” 

This book isn’t just for women (even though we all know that lady bosses are often the busiest)! 

Reconsidering how we can “have it all” from the perspective of some of the busiest women in “marquee careers,” this book proposes how we can better manage our time. Instead of looking at our schedule like a looming wall of must-do’s, Vankerkam provides a framework that makes it easier for you to get everything you need to do and want to do done, including reading for 30-minutes a day. 

Helpful Hint: You can access Vanderkam’s time makeover guide here for free. 


Daring Greatly

Written by: Brené Brown

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.” 

We know we said that we curated this list for business leaders, and we did. But this book is for everybody!  

If you felt criticized at any point this week–and if you own a small business, we know you did!– this book teaches you to challenge how you interact with your vulnerability so you can set boundaries and take better risks. 

For business leaders, in particular, every decision we make can feel like stumbling. Brown encourages us to destigmatize and embrace this vulnerability for what it does: lead us toward greatness.


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

Written by: Malcolm Gladwell

“What is learned out of necessity is inevitably more powerful than the learning that comes easily.” 

Complete disclosure, CO+HOOTS Foundation is run by a #ladyboss who will read (and encourage us to read) anything, and we mean anything, Gladwell writes. But if you’re only going to read one Gladwell book or need somewhere to start, this is it!

Let’s face it, leading a business will some days feel like an impossible feat. This book equips you with invaluable insight on how to win against the Amazons and Walmarts of the world.

Need more books for your to-be-read list? Want a recommendation specifically for your unique business? 

Stop by our Foundation Station in the CO+HOOTS Coworking space and chat with us about your favorite business books! We even have an entire library of hand-picked books and resources written with business leaders in mind. And, if you ask nicely, we will probably let you borrow something from our collection.