There is no denying the importance of a good personality. Whoever you are
and whatever you do, a pleasing personality will surely help win people around
you and give you that extra push towards success. In the olden days it was
more of a ‘you have it or you don’t’. For example in the famous Jane Austen
novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Mr. Darcy didn’t possess a pleasant personality
because of which throughout the story he is misunderstood and unable to win
the hearts of people. Luckily, in today’s world it’s an important skill which can be
learnt and developed. And the best part is you can do it at the privacy of your
own space with the help of the following top 10 (in no particular order)well-
researched books on building your personality.
How to win friends and influence people –Dale Carnegie
As the name suggests this book is about gaining friends and influencing people.
It is perhaps the oldest effective book written on personality development. It
was written by Dale Carnegie in 1936 but remains popular even today because
of the simple philosophy on which it is based – that one can influence others by
changing one’s own behavior towards them. It has helped thousands of people
over the years and is sure to help you too. One of the best things about this
book is the real examples of real people and also greats like Abraham Lincoln.
Who moved my cheese? – Spencer Johnson
This simple book written by Spencer Johnson in 1998 has to be one of the best
self-help books because 1. It is written in a fable-style hence easily understood
by all age groups 2. It talks about how to deal with and prepare for an expected
change in one’s life, at work or personal and 3. It is relevant to all.
The Power of Positive Thinking – NormanVincent Peale
When Dr Norman Vincent Peale, a minister by profession wrote this book in
1952, he not only became a household name but also the ‘father of positive
thinking’. He talks about how faith can energize your life and gives practical
guide and outlines which can help fulfill your dreams.
7 Habits of Highly Effective people –Stephan R Covey
Released in 1989 and an instant best-seller, this book is slated as one of the
most popular non-fiction books. He has speaks about the concept of paradigm
shift helping people understand about perspectives. The 7 habits that he
mentions in the book works around independence, interdependence and
continuous improvement – which are imperative for being effective at work or in
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - TravisBradberry and Jean Greaves
Emotional intelligence has had its share of bad press, but something that helps
you achieve success in life cannot be bad, can it? The senior leaders do believe
there is something as emotional intelligence and if directed the right way, can
open many doors to success. In this book by Travis Brad berry and Jean
Greaves there are 66 techniques that will help improve your EQ and behaviors
responsible for your EQ score.Brad berry and Greaves conclude that emotional
intelligence predicts 58% of job performance.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach
Who would have thought that a seagull named Jonathan Livingston could teach
us great lessons of how to life to the fullest. Richard Bach is a master storyteller
and his fable-ish book talks about how following ones heart can lead to the
chosen destination. First published in 1970, it is regarded as a popular self-help
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - RobinSharma
Robin Sharma is a guru of life management and his book is the essential guide
on how one can live courageously yet in a disciplined way and live life to the
fullest. This book talks about how one can attain balance one’s life for greater
How to have a Beautiful Mind – Edward deBono
Edward de Bono is the proponent of the term‘lateral thinking’ and his book 6
Thinking Hats deliberated on different thinking methodologies to find different
solutions. In his book How to Have a Beautiful Mind, he talks about how being
more imaginative and using your mind can make you really engaging and
Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
How can growing rich be personality development? With the authors own
admittance this book is not just about thinking and growing rich but with the
philosophy laid out in the book, one can achieve any kind of success or be almost
anyone they want to be. This book was published during the Great Depression
and has helped thousands of people since.
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind –Joseph Murphy and Ian McMahan
In this book the authors talk about how big an influence our subconscious mind
has on us and the difference that is made by controlling it. This book teaches
you how changing one’s beliefs can change one’s life. With the simple, practical
tips laid out in this book it will help you achieve success like it has helped
thousands of others.
Books are an integral part of a student’s life. While some of the above
mentioned books might be recommended as a part of your distance MBA
program, there are others that one might read out of interest. Share your
favorite book titles here!