Five Business Success Books to Read this Year

There are a lot of great books being published specifically about recruiting and HR  – many of which you have probably already read. But here are five books that anyone involved in recruiting, talent acquisition and HR should make a point of reading this year.

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

There are plenty of management books out there, but Brown writes books on how to be human first, your job second. And she shows how by doing this and understanding the important traits in your life – vulnerability, shame, courage, empathy – you can be a better leader and better at whatever role you take on.

With Dare to Lead, Brown explains how “Leaders are people who hold themselves accountable for recognising the potential in people and ideas, and developing that potential”. And recruitment is all about seeing the potential in people.

Crush It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk 

Love him or hate him, Vaynerchuk has become a major force in the world of branding and business. With this book he looks at how to amplify your personal brand across all major social media platforms, with plenty of tips applicable to businesses as well.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

This fascinating book – both how-to and social meditation – explains the concept of ‘deep work’ and how it could be your superpower in this hyper-connected, multi-everything world.  Newport shows you not only how to focus, but why you should learn to do so. Read this book and you could find yourself more focussed, more productive and happier.

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?: (And How to Fix It) by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

This book should be required reading for everyone, but especially people involved in making decisions around who to employ. To quote Business Insider writing about this book “Readers learn to distinguish between legitimate competence and mere confidence, and find out about a dangerous upside of narcissism: You get better at selling your ideas to others.”

Based on decades of research, Chamorro-Premuzic explains why we need to look beyond the normal expectation of how effective leaders present, and what organisations should really be looking for.

‘The Job’ by Ellen Ruppel Shell

 “The Job” will give you a glimpse into what your own professional future might look like, and how that reflects broader political and socioeconomic trends. It is also an important book for anyone with a job in the recruitment and HR fields so they can get a better understanding of the candidates they are looking for, and the jobs they are trying to fill.