The 11 Best Self Help Books Recommended by Top Trainers

The Best Self Help Books For You

In this article, you can find our recommendations for the Best Self Help Books. Those books that we recognise as being the best for supporting personal development (Just click on the book cover to take you to Amazon to buy the book).

Eat That Frog!

Recommended because if you procrastinate, put things off, or just cannot seem to ‘get at the big stuff’, this will help. Our Time Management Learners have found it a big help.

Front cover of Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy
Focuses on avoiding procrastination and achieving more in less time

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The audio version became the first non-fiction audio-book in U.S. publishing history to sell more than one million copies. Recommended because it will help you focus on a few winning strategies.

Front cover of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

Managing with Carrots

Recommended because it provides an interesting and very useful different insight into People Management.

Front cover of Managing with Carrots by Adrian Gostick & Chester Elton

Networking for Life

Recommended because it is written by the Chairman of Ecademy. An online company that founded business networking online before Linkedin was up and running. Test your Networking skill level by downloading our competency frameworks.

Front cover of Networking for Life by Thomas Power

Bare Knuckle Negotiating

Recommended because Simon talks very straight about what negotiating is and isn’t. The Learners on our Negotiation Sills Training love this book because it cuts through the business language of negotiation like we do.

Front cover of Bare Knuckle Selling by Simon Hazeldine
Focuses on negotiation skills

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Recommended because it was one of the first self-help books ever written and has sold over 30 million copies. A must for anyone wishing to improve their influencing skills.

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Best self help books

Groceries Supply Code of Practice

Recommended because if you work in the UK Grocery industry you need to know the rules. The author describes GSCOP as the off-side rule – It’s ok to not know it unless you’re playing the game.

Front cover of A complete understanding by Darren A. Smith
Focuses on the rules of the UK Grocery Industry


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Recommended because the key business challenges are written as a story that helps us to understand healthy conflict, the constraints of teamwork, and putting up with artificial harmony.

Front cover ofThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Focuses on conflict and teamwork

Leadership and the One Minute Manager

Recommended because it takes the mystery of being a leader and makes it very easy to understand what you need to do to be a great leader with great leadership skills.

Front cover of Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard
Focuses on leadership skills and what it takes to be a great leader

Made To Stick


Front cover of Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
Front cover of Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath

Recommended because this book shatters the way we think about making an idea, a pitch, a presentation, a sale, stick with someone. The authors, Chip and Dan, share a great example of a Shark Association sharing that sharks aren’t as dangerous as everyone believes. They fail. Chip and Dan then arrive offer a sticky solution – ‘Which of these animals is more likely to kill you? Shark? Deer? The answer is that you are twelve times more likely to be killed by a deer (Hitting your car).’


Essentially a book on statistics, it cuts to the truth of many issues to allow a clearer picture of the world. Bill Gates describes this as ‘One of the most important books I’ve ever read’. He liked it so much he decided to give it to every graduating U.S. college or university student in Spring 2018.

Front cover of Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Focuses on statistics and the truth of issues
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