15 Incredible Leadership Books For Women

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For women who are in leadership positions or who want to be leaders, declaring “New Year, I’m New” may sound cliché to some, but women can achieve it with knowledge and plan. In fact, the new year is the perfect time to reflect on the realization of your hopes and dreams. why not?

We know that women earn less than men on a dollar and that male bosses are largely seen as competent while female managers can be seen as ‘authoritarian’. But this should not stop a person from wanting more out of a career. Whether you want to start a new business or take the next step in your career, now is the time to come up with a business plan.

Some say that true leaders are born. Others say that real leaders are made. Honestly, I think it comes down to having a plan and working on oneself to become an excellent leader that people will follow and trust. But where do you start? Driving is very precise, and each woman has her own style.

To lead in a work environment designed for men, women need an arsenal of knowledge at their disposal. Fortunately, there are plenty of female leaders who have paved the way and have some advice to offer.

The pandemic has upended the way we look at work, and many women have decided to open their own businesses to pave their own paths outside the 9 to 5 standard. For women wanting to lead their own companies or build a career where they currently work, here are some leadership books that offer great advice so you can Than to continue beating the elusive glass ceiling.

Dare to drive

Dare to Drive by Brian Brown

I thought Brown would be the perfect start to this list since she has a backlog of amazing leadership books for women. in a Dare to driveYou talk about what makes a good leader and how it’s not about getting all the answers but rather about wanting to find them with the right people.

driving from outside

Leadership from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacy Abrams

Abrams really needs no introduction. In this book, she talks about the challenges leaders face and specifically provides leadership advice for women of color and other marginalized people. All of her advice comes from hard-earned knowledge during her time as a politician and professional in the business and nonprofit world.

unbound

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke

unbound It’s a little different because it’s actually a diary. More specifically, it’s Tarana Burke – yes, Tarana Burke who founded the memoir of the Me Too movement. Every woman has a story, which means every woman leader or woman who wants to be a leader has a story to tell. Burke’s memoir is a reminder of how women put together all of their copies to show.

probability trap

The Possibility Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed As You Are by Alicia Menendez

Women are constantly fighting internal and external battles to become likable, because God forbid we are labeled “bossy”. Menendez prefers a different approach because for her, women should be empowered to express themselves because that’s how we can shatter the subjective and unfair nature of admiration. Female leaders in particular fight the battle to be liked out of fear that bullying will hold them back in an unfair world.

Abby Wambach's Wolfpack cover photo

WOLFPACK: How We Work Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game by Abby Wambach

Wambach is a star soccer player who co-led the 2015 Women’s World Cup champion team. As a leader, she created a culture of brotherhood and honor, and transformed the team into champions. in a wolf packShe brings her expertise to a new generation of women leaders, from creating “Failure is Your Fuel” to demanding “Ball Shot”.

the art of assembly

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, by Bria Parker

the art of assembly It is an insight into human assemblies. By definition, leaders lead groups of people, so Parker’s insights into how we can understand the purpose of gatherings are important to consider. As a strategic facilitator for the World Economic Forum and the Museum of Modern Art, Parker knows a thing or two about successful meetings.

exemplary education

Teaching the Ideal: A Memoir by Samantha Power

Power is a well-known human rights defender and foreign policy expert. In her memoirs, she explores…well…the power of what only one person can do. For female leaders who want to be in the corridors of…again…power, Power provides important insights and stories while upholding its ideals.

Fear Fighter's Guide

The Fear Fighter’s Guide: Lessons from a Professional Problem Maker by Luvvi Ajayi Jones

Jones delves into a topic many leaders shy away from: fear. By declaring “we are all afraid,” Jones opens up the topic and shows readers how by not allowing fear to dictate their actions, they will become true leaders.

Director composition: What do you do when everyone is looking at you

The Making of a Director: What to Do When Everyone Is Looking at You by Julie Chu

Zhuo became a manager at the age of 25 and suddenly faced a set of challenges for which she was not prepared. But after leading dozens of successful teams, I learned what works and what doesn’t. In this book, she provides a field guide for managers who want to be the leaders they wish they were.

More than enough

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Eileen Welteroth

Welteroth’s book is an eclectic mix of memoir and manifesto. She has had a revolutionary career as an editor for Figs are popular, which are years of achievement as she rose through the ranks of the fashion world. In this book, she breaks down to tell her about what it was like to be a black woman in the fashion world and how she learned to lead by herself.

women and leadership

Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Gillard and Okonjo-Iweala are successful female leaders in women and leadership, convey their powerful ideas about how gender influences how we perceive leaders. Women leaders are viewed differently, and it is up to us to understand how and why this is happening so that we can pave the way for a new generation of women leaders.

power moves

Power Movements: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career with Purpose, by Lauren McGodwin

The famous McGoodwin website Contessa’s career Geared towards young professional women who feel they have not succeeded in their careers. power moves Depends on Contessa’s career Years of advice and insights provide readers with practical advice on career transitions and goal setting. All good leaders need to start somewhere, and building a strong professional foundation is a great start.

Act like a leader, think like a leader

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra

Ibara is an expert in leadership and development, and in this book she teaches you how to rise to a leadership level. Her advice is time-tested, practical and will cover everything from diversifying your network to developing your leadership style.

Thrive: The Third Measure of Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Brilliant by Arianna Huffington

Thrive: The Third Measure of Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Brilliant by Arianna Huffington

Ariana Huffington really needs no introduction. in a Thrives, discusses how, despite her success as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, she found herself constantly exhausted and lacking sleep, leaving her wondering what success really is. This is a very personal book about the nature of success and how we can go wrong with it.

Brotopia - Dismantling the Boys' Club in Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

Brotopia: Dismantling the Boys’ Club in Silicon Valley by Emily Chang

I included this latter book because Elizabeth Holmes was in the news, reigniting the debate about how women should navigate male-dominated work environments, particularly in Silicon Valley. Although Holmes has made her sex a weapon, her story highlights the fact that there aren’t many women in positions of power in Silicon Valley. In this deep dive, Chang shows how Silicon Valley is built on a sexist system that prevents women from benefiting in one of the richest corners of the planet.


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