Employee development is an essential aspect of running a successful business. You’ve already read about how popular books like Tribal LeadershipThe Happiness Advantage, and High Output Management can help a business thrive, but now it’s time to take a deeper dive into books that focus more on soft skills training, and employee education and development.

It’s estimated that the investment in leadership development was approximately $15.5 billion in 2013. Companies are spending that much to ensure that their future leaders are prepared for success. The following books will certainly help. In order for your company’s culture to reach its maximum potential, you need to reiterate the importance of employee development to every member of your team.

If you want your company to thrive, try and encourage your team to read a few of these excellent books:

Outliers: The Story of Success
Each one of your employees has probably heard the term at one point or another, but have they actually put in the effort? Talk to each member of your team, if they honestly want to be the best at what they do and help your company culture grow, let them know how important it is to constantly work at it for at least 10,000 hours.

Win Forever
This book will certainly resonate with your sport-loving employees in the office, but it’s a great read for anyone who wants to achieve some level of success. NFF Coach Pete Carroll’s Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion 2010 book is a great look at what it takes to succeed either on the gridiron or at the office.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
One of the most popular books of the last century is popular for a reason: it helps. Stephen Covey’s 1989 book can help shape the lazy level intern at your company into a future CEO. A great read for both employee development and organizational leadership, this book can truly change the way people think about productivity.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Daniel H. Pink will help your staff realize what it is they are searching for and what it is that is motivating them to achieve those goals. Start with his legendary TED talk if you want, but this 2009 book should be a must-read for any employee who is hoping to obtain any level of success.

If you want to lean more about organization training methods, whether it’s for sales training, leadership development, or any other factor in relation to growing your company culture, contact Black Rain Partners today.