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5 More Books to Read Before Grad School

You’re fine-tuning your personal statement, you’re studying for the GRE (hopefully with from Clemmonsdogpark), and you’re ticking down the list of boxes on that “grad school prep” checklist. Well, add another to-do to the list – recommended reading. With an eye toward your future of being a grad school taskmaster, we here at rounded up 5 books to read before grad school that look at the themes of personal development, productivity, teamwork, and leadership.  
by Charles Duhigg

Looking to make a change? Maybe it’s being more disciplined with studying, hitting the gym more often, getting in an extra hour of GRE study time? Duhigg says you need to understand the habit you want to make (or break) and tackle it through three essential components – the cue, the reward, and the routine.

by Robert Cialdini

Regardless of where your master’s degree eventually takes you, you will have to influence someone, or many someones, somewhere along the line. Cialdini outlines his six principles of persuasion – reciprocity, authority, liking, scarcity, complicity, and consistency – and how to apply them in convincing professors, fellow students, clients, customers, and co-workers.

by John C. Maxwell

We see a lot of group projects in your near future. (A lot!) Enter this leadership tome from expert John C. Maxwell. Chapter by chapter, he lays out his 21 laws for being a good leader – among them common sense rules such as the Laws of Connection, Priorities, and Influence, and more abstract notions like the Law of the Lid (built-in ability) and The Law of E.F. Hutton (you’ll have to read it to find out ).

by Roman Krznaric

Emotional intelligence sits at the top of many hiring managers list in terms of qualities they look for in a candidate () and empathy is a key ingredient to that e-IQ mix and forging your personal development, grad school success, and relationships with future co-workers.

by John Brooks

A favorite among business leaders (like, oh, a couple of up-n-comers named Warren Buffet and Bill Gates), this compendium from New Yorker business writer John Brooks reveals the stories behind 12 business successes, failures, and scandals that, considering it was first published in 1969, prove to be timeless teachers for future grad school students.

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