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10 Best Books for

Socially-Conscious Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Heather Nicole, Founder/Owner

 Successful entrepreneurs read widely and are constantly learning. As a business coach, I’ve seen firsthand the benefits of making an investment in your own skills and knowledge. Education will pay high dividends, and help you further your purpose and build your legacy.

This list includes must-reads for any entrepreneur or leader who wants to accelerate the growth of their socially-conscious business in an innovative way.

1. Grit by Angela Duckworth

GritGrit by Angela Duckworth

How can you predict success?

Angela Duckworth’s book argues that grit — an unstoppable perseverance, even in the face of failure — is the key trait and predictor of success. She discusses how to develop this trait, and why it’s so critical for us to challenge ourselves to be more gritty so that we can achieve even through adversity.

In her book, Duckworth mentions a Chinese proverb that translates roughly to fall seven, rise eight. It doesn’t matter how many times we fail in our personal or professional lives: it just matters how many times we get back up and keep going.

Our goals are important, and in order to further our mission, we need to utilize the power of grit.

2. StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Gallup and Tom Ruth

StrengthsFinder 2.0Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

As a Gallup-certified strengths coach, the Strengths Finder is my go-to for developing leaders and their teams. Being a successful leader requires the ability to understand and work with your team and their talents — and how can you do so without knowing what those talents are?

The Strengths Finder is also an incredible tool for unlocking your own potential. Book a discovery call with me today and let’s go over your results together!

3. The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear into Faith by Gabby Bernstein

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear into Faith

Let’s face it: the work we do is challenging and draining at times. Finding our faith and sense of joy in our daily lives can be hard when we’re worried about money, our business, and where we’re at with our goals.

That’s why you should read Gabby Bernstein’s book: it’s a wake-up call to the benefits of changing your mindset and finding direction in the tragedies and overwhelm of our daily lives. It’s necessary for any leaders who may be feeling a little lost and need help finding faith and clarity again.

4. Find Your Why by Simon Sinek

Find Your Why

I talk a lot about the importance of finding your why. Simon Sinek’s book is a must-read for every purpose-driven entrepreneur, because everything stems from our why.

Even something as simple as writing this article stems from my why — which is to help support leaders and to accelerate their socially-conscious businesses!

5. The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John

The Power of BrokeBraving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Aloneby Brené Brown

Along the same lines of Angela Duckworth’s Grit, this book tackles the power of perseverance — especially when you’re struggling to get your business off the ground.

Every entrepreneur has stories about how they got started: how tough it was, how scary it was to invest in yourself. This book will help you realize that the terrifying leap of faith is worth it to realize your business and create your legacy.

6. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown

Braving the WildernessBraving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Aloneby Brené Brown

From social scientist Brené Brown, this book discusses the state of our communities and our need to belong. More importantly, Brown dissects the difference between belonging and conformity, tapping into the importance of staying true to our authentic perspectives without alienating ourselves from the world.

As entrepreneurs and leaders focused on socially-conscious businesses, sometimes we may feel like our viewpoints are challenged by more traditional, profit-driven perspectives. Our mission of pursuing social good through for-profit and non-profit businesses may not always be easy, but defining our purpose is more important than conforming to the standards of what’s come before us.

7. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

The Power of MomentsThe Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impactby Chip Heath and Dan Heath

What moments in your life and your work have changed everything?

This book delves into those revelatory moments that reset our thinking and mindset, and how we can have more epiphanies that change our lives forever.

As entrepreneurs, the creation of experiences for our customers is a skill that we have to learn in order to be successful. As socially-conscious leaders, designing experiences that not only change the lives of our customers, but of those around us is truly special. Check out this book to read more about why crafting these moments and experiences are a must.

8. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleHow to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

This classic book holds advice that still stands true today: as leaders trying to grow our socially-conscious businesses, we’ve still got to focus on the people around us. It’s our empathy and understanding that will set us apart from the crowd and uplift those around us.

Plus, who doesn’t like to make more friends?

9. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

Purple CowPurple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

Purple Cow is a classic marketing book by Seth Godin that urges leaders to hone in on what makes them stand out.

I think this book is particularly relevant, because as socially-conscious businesses we’re already well on our way to being purple cows — we strive to do good for the world while doing well in our own enterprises.

Through mentorship and knowledge, us purple cows can become even more unique!

10. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In

Women still have to fight to get a seat at the table, and Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible book is a must-read for every woman in the workplace.

Change in our industries begins with acknowledgement of the problems at hand, so this book should be on every man’s book list as well. Fighting for workplace equality and for women’s representation in positions of power is critical to make our world a better place.

That’s why we’re here, after all: through these books and our work as leaders, we can leave our own legacy through our business and how we choose to improve the lives of those around us.

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