Reading List

List of notable reads for Consulting.

As always, contributions are encouraged!


In this list you will find a collection of books, periodicals, and other writings which share one foundational trait: they help create incredible consultants. Consultants not only must be experts in their technical field, but should also be experts with people and businesses.

In order to foster that degree of expertise, it is important to expand your understanding in a variety of domains, from Business and Finance, to Communication and Influence, to Human Psychology and beyond!

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General Consulting

MBB/Mgmt/Strategy Consulting-style

HBR 10 Must ReadsHarvard Business ReviewLeadership, Management, StrategyA collection of 10 essential HBR articles on various business topics
HBR Emotional IntelligenceHarvard Business ReviewEmotional Intelligence, LeadershipA collection of 5 essential HBR articles on emotional intelligence
The McKinsey WayEthan RasielConsulting, Strategy, ManagementA guide to the techniques used by the world’s top strategic consultants
The McKinsey MindEthan RasielProblem-solving, Management, StrategyA guide to problem-solving tools and management techniques used by McKinsey consultants
BCG on StrategyCarl W. SternConsulting, Strategy, ManagementA collection of articles by BCG consultants on strategy and management


Harvard Business ReviewVariousBusiness, Management, Leadership, StrategyLeading ideas and insights in business and management
Stanford BusinessVariousBusiness, Management, Leadership, InnovationArticles on business, management, and leadership from Stanford Graduate School of Business
EconomistVariousBusiness, Economics, FinanceInternational news, politics, business, finance, science, and technology
McKinsey QuarterlyVariousBusiness, Management, StrategyInsights on business and management topics from McKinsey & Company

Websites (Articles/Blogs)

Strategy-BusinessPwCBusiness, Consulting, StrategyOnline publication covering business strategy and management consulting.
Consulting Magazine-Consulting, ManagementOnline magazine focused on the consulting industry, including trends, news, and insights.


The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and ThinkingBarbara MintoPresentation, Influence, Writing, Communication
Unleash the Power of StorytellingRob BiesenbachCommunication, Presentation
HBR Guide to Persuasive PresentationsNancy DuarteCommunication, Presentation


Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On ItChris VossNegotiation, Sales
Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionRobert CialdiniPsychology, Influence
Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and PersuadeRobert CialdiniPsychology, Influence


New/Prospective Managers

Making of a ManagerJulie ZhuoLeadership, Management
HBR 10: New ManagersHarvard Business ReviewLeadership, Management

Advanced Leadership (or Anyone!)

Barking Up the Wrong TreeEric BarkerHigh-achievers, SuccessThe role of deliberate practice in expert performance
Dare to LeadBrené BrownLeadership
Quiet Voice Fearless LeaderTerrance LeeLeadershipIntrovert Leaders
Leadership in Middle-earth: Theories and Applications for OrganizationsMichael J UrickLeadershipPart of Series: Exploring Effective Leadership Practices Through Popular Culture, series also currently includes books from: Star Wars, Harry Potter, Marvel, and Game of Thrones
The Captain ClassSam WalkerLeadershipLeadership from Sports
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful GroupsDaniel Coyle
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing ImprovementEliyahu M. GoldrattManagement, Efficiency

Project/Software Management

PeoplewareTom DeMarcoManagement, Leadership, Teamwork
Mythical Man-MonthFrederick Brooks Jr.Project Management, Software Engineering

Economics/Financial Markets

When Genius FailedRoger LowensteinHedge Funds
All Michael Lewis booksMichael Lewis
Too Big to FailAndrew Ross Sorkin

General Business

Good to GreatJim CollinsLeadership, ManagementExamines the factors that distinguish great companies from mediocre ones
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary CompaniesJim CollinsLeadership, ManagementExplores what sets long-lasting companies apart from others
Innovation on Tap: Stories of EntrepreneurshipEric SchultzEntrepreneurshipCollection of inspiring stories of entrepreneurs who have succeeded in their respective fields
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal LifeRosamund Stone ZanderCommunication, SellingEncourages readers to shift their mindset from limitations to possibilities
The Innovator’s DilemmaClayton M. ChristensenSuccess, Business GrowthExplores how successful companies can become disrupted by smaller, innovative competitors and offers strategies to avoid this fate
The Innovator’s SolutionClayton Christensen, Michael E. RaynorBusiness, InnovationA guide to creating successful innovations that sustain growth in any organization.
Blue Ocean StrategyW. Chan Kim and Renée MauborgneBusiness, StrategyIntroduces a systematic approach for creating uncontested market space and making the competition irrelevant.
The Art of WarSun TzuStrategy, MilitaryClassic Chinese text on military strategy and tactics, but widely used in business, politics and beyond for its insights into conflict and competition.
Competitive StrategyMichael E. PorterBusiness, StrategyProvides a comprehensive framework for analyzing industries and competitors to gain a competitive advantage in the market.
Playing to Win: How Strategy Really WorksA.G. Lafley and Roger L. MartinBusiness, StrategyPresents a five-step strategy framework that will help you define winning aspirations and develop the capabilities to achieve them.
Crossing the ChasmGeoffrey A. MooreBusiness, MarketingDescribes the challenges that companies face when transitioning from early adopters to the early majority, and provides guidance on how to overcome them.
The Lean StartupEric RiesEntrepreneurship, StartupsOffers a scientific approach to creating and managing startups in an environment of extreme uncertainty.
The Hard Thing About Hard ThingsBen HorowitzEntrepreneurship, ManagementOffers practical advice on how to build and manage a startup, especially during difficult times.

General Betterment

Atomic HabitsJames ClearHabits, Efficiency
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. CoveyHabits, Efficiency
12 Rules for LifeJordan B. Peterson
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale CarnegieCommunication, Leadership, Efficiency
The 48 Laws of PowerRobert GreenePolitics, Success, Power
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are HighKerry Patterson et alCommunication


The Red BookC. G. JungPsychology
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