Books are treasure troves for aspiring MBA students which help them not just learn business skills but also help them gain a deep understanding of human nature and emotions.
Here, we have listed down some of the must-read books for MBA students:
1) The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
This book by Stephen Covey is considered as one of the most influential reads. It is a must-read for every MBA student. In this book, Stephen Covey shares the 7 habits, which if practised the right way, help people achieve success at personal and professional level:
Habit 1: Be Proactive – The 1st habit focuses on taking responsibility for your life. When you are proactive, you become “response-able” and don’t blame anything or anybody for the outcomes.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind – Habit 2 talks about envisioning what you want in life, to empower people and circumstances to shape your life.
Habit 3 – Put First Things First – Setting up priorities helps you better manage your life. Prioritise the “first things” you personally find are worth your effort and time.
Habit 4 – Think Win-Win – Winning doesn’t necessarily mean that others have to lose. Successful people have a win-win mind frame, to win and help others win.
Habit 5 – Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood – Often, we make judgements without properly understanding the issues/concerns. Habit 5 talks about being a good listener.
Habit 6 – Synergize – The whole is always greater than the sum of the parts. When you cooperate with other people, you succeed more.
Habit 7 – Sharpen the Saw – The last habit is about self-love and care. It talks about renewing yourself in 4 major areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.
2) Straight From The Gut – Jack Welch
Jack Welch is the mind behind the tremendous success of General Motors (GE). In this book, he shares his 40 years of experience running one of the largest and most successful corporations in the world. The key learnings are –
- Being small can work – He killed bureaucracy at GE with innovative and sometimes ruthless strategies.
- His passion was to develop great people in GE.
- How he broke down silos in GE and unlock the creativity of the people, that helped GE grow.
- How his focus on quality increased efficiency and customer satisfaction.
3) How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie
This book is a must-read for every MBA students as it is essentially a lifeskills-in-a-bundle. Published in 1986, this book is still a best-seller and recommended by book connoisseurs and mentors alike. By reading this book, you can learn the skills to make people like you and how to handle people the correct ways.
The book segregates life-lessons into 4 sections:
- Fundamental techniques in handling people
- Six ways to make people like you
- Win people to your way of thinking
- Change people without arousing resentment
4) Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
In this insightful book, Malcolm Gladwell shares the factors and traits common to successful people. He gives examples of successful personalities such as Bill Gates, Canadian Ice Hockey players, and The Beatles to examine rational decision-making and perceived intelligence.
“Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness” – Gladwell explains how these successful personalities put in the hours to get really good at what they aimed to do.
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