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8 Free Business Leadership Books You Can Find Online

If you don’t mind on-screen reading, you can save a few bucks by downloading e-books instead of investing in the printed version. And sometimes you can even get them free. Here is a list of eight free business leadership books you can currently find online.

Preparing CEOs for Success: What I Wish I Knew

William R. Johnson, Chairman, President, and CEO of H.J. Heinz Company, sponsored this study to gain insight to better prepare future CEOs for their roles. What does it take to lead, manage, and grow an organization? How can CEOs prepare their successors to thrive as they take over the reins of the company? Drs. Leslie W. Braksick and James S. Hillgren of CLG interviewed 27 sitting CEOs to find out the answer to this question: What do you wish you knew before you became CEO?

Get the Kindle version of this business leadership book free here: http://www.amazon.com/Preparing-CEOs-Success-What-ebook/dp/B0062MX6BK/

Networking (52 Brilliant Ideas)

This book by Nicholas King explores the secrets to successful networking. Learn how to get more from your network, how to find new contacts, and how to turn the contacts you already have into valuable assets.

The Kindle version of this book is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Networking-52-Brilliant-Ideas-ebook/dp/B004UF461A/

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

Seth Godin’s book on tribes is available as a free audiobook. If you’ve ever thought about leading a movement, you really should listen to this book. You can download this free business leadership book online from Audible and transfer it to your Kindle, or you can stream it directly from this blog post: http://www.openculture.com/2009/03/seth_godins_new_book_download_a_free_audio_version.html


The Myth of the Garage

You might not guess from the title that this book has anything to do with business leadership, but it is actually a compilation of 16 columns written by Chip and Dan Heath for Fast Company magazine. It also includes a bonus column that was never published in the magazine. Some of the articles are “The Future Fails Again,” “The Horror of Mutual Funds: Why False Information Can Be Credible,” “The Birth of a Sticky Idea,” “The Curse of Incentives,” “The Gripping Statistic,” “On Handcuffs: Why Customers Will Pay You to Restrain Them,” “In Defense of Feelings: Why Your Gut is More Ethical than Your Brain,” and “The Inevitability of $300 Socks.”

Download your copy free at Amazon.com and read it on your Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Myth-Garage-ebook/dp/B0061UC83A/

Flameout: The Rise and Fall of Burger Chef

By 1971, Burger Chef had built a chain of 1,200 fast food restaurants and was on track to catch up with McDonald’s. Now, this once-great restaurant chain is just a fond memory to those who still remember it. What happened, and what lessons can we learn from the rise and fall of Burger Chef?

Download the Kindle version of this business e-book online at Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Flameout-Rise-Fall-Burger-ebook/dp/B004S3HSXW/

What Matters Now

Seth Godin is giving away an e-book full of short essays on a variety of topics, including generosity, fear, being connected, vision, enrichment, speaking, and poker. Each topic is covered by a different contributor. Some of the contributors include Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers; Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine; William C. Taylor, cofounder of Fast Company magazine; John Wood, founder of Room to Read; Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind; and Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com.

Get it here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/12/what-matters-now-get-the-free-ebook.html

The Peak Interview: New Insights into Winning the Interview and Getting the Job

You’ve got an interview—now what? Chances are, everyone else who is being interviewed is just as qualified as you are. Bill Burnett provides insights into the interview process that can give you an advantage to help you nail the interview and land the job.

Get the Kindle version free here: http://www.amazon.com/Peak-Interview-Insights-Winning-ebook/dp/B003URRO3G/

41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!

You don’t want to miss Joel Garfinkle’s free e-book, 41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now! Unless you are already CEO, there is always room to advance. Implement these proven strategies to propel yourself up the career ladder further and faster than you ever could have imagined.

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Reading books helps you maintain your competitive advantage by keeping your knowledge and skills up to date. Whether you buy physical books, e-books, or books on tape, you’ll stay current with the latest ideas from business and leadership thought leaders by making reading a regular habit.