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20 Leadership and Growth Books Highly Recommended by Construction Business Owners



best books for construction business owners 2021As your construction business grows, it can be easy to get distracted by day-to-day fires and live in a constant state of survival mode. But as you deal with the present, what are you overlooking or ignoring that may limit your business success long-term?

It may be time to take a step back and critically assess your overall business plan and goals, and that starts with critically assessing yourself as a leader and strategist.

From joining peer groups to undergoing leadership coaching to personal development books, there are many resources that can help you with your personal and business development goals.

Here are the top books CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio podcast guests and contractors have recommended for construction business owners and entrepreneurs.

  1. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
  2. Unleash Your Humble Alpha: Own Your Presence in Life and Become the Epic Leader You Are Meant to Be by Steven Eugene Kuhn
  3. Beyond Positive Thinking: A No Nonsense Formula for Getting What You Want by Dr. Robert Anthony
  4. Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf
  5. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  6. The 9 Super Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success by Marty Grunder
  7. Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz
  8. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't by Jim Collins
  9. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
  10. Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Growing Firm by Verne Harnish
  11. Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business by John Mackey
  12. Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  13. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek
  14. #MaxOut Your Life: Strategies for Becoming an Elite Performer by Ed Mylett
  15. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
  16. Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell
  17. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  18. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  19. Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone
  20. Power of TED*: *The Empowerment Dynamic by David Emerald

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