For entrepreneurs, you'll surely recall what it was like when you were just starting up: Everyone had a piece of advice for you. Some even had book suggestions. Your grandmother maybe recommended a self-help book that she read about in the newspaper, and your best friend gave you a book she heard is perfect for an entrepreneur.

In reality, though, the people who can suggest the most helpful books are those who have started a successful company themselves. 

That's why Inc. polled business people from more than 300 fast growing companies to find out which books they would recommend every founder read.

The top choice was Good to Great, by Jim Collins, which was selected by 52 percent of the respondents. Nearly 30 percent chose The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, and 26 percent opted for How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie.

This data and chart below are pulled from a larger survey of Inc. 5000 companies called Inc.'s State of Small Business Survey, which was conducted in late September and early October. So which book do you think is a must-read for company founders? Below, select the response that fits your sentiment most:

 

Published on: Dec 5, 2014