Reading is incredibly beneficial.  Tons of studies have been done about how much further ahead those who read, even only a few books a year, are.  Even if reading isn’t your “thing” if you have access to a computer or iPod there is really no reason you shouldn’t be empowering yourself to be one of those in front of the curve.

The following are 15 excellent books for a variety of tastes:

“The World Is Flat,” Thomas Friedman

“The Tipping Point,” “Blink,”  Malcolm Gladwell

“How To Win Friends And Influence People,” Dale Carnegie

“Awaken The Giant Within,” Tony Robbins

“The Disney Way,” Bill Capodagli

“Maters Of Enterprise,” H. W. Brands

“The Elements of Style,” William Strunk, E. B. White (style, writers reference, writing)

“The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done,” Peter F. Drucker

“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Stephen R. Covey

“The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t,” Robert I. Sutton

“Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Your Life,” Ken Blanchard, Jesse Stoner

“The One Minute Manager,” Ken Blanchard & Spencer Johnson

“True North,”  Bill George

“The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees),” Patrick M. Lencioni

“Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time,” Brian Tracy