Times have changed and good leaders increasingly must work on their skills, from understanding social skills, making quick decisions with authority, mastering delegation and adapting to ever-changing human relations, to name a few.
If you’re climbing the corporate ladder but need support or guidance, a good read can help you set goals, reconnect with values you may have lost along the way and remind you how to keep momentum on your career track.
We found five good reads for women in business leadership roles we believe can be helpful.
“Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth
Using case studies and interviews with high achievers, “Grit” is a guide to increasing resilience in any field with passion and perseverance — and a little bit of neuroscience thrown in for good measure.
“How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life” by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston
What drives and sustains successful women leaders? Personal stories and insights are part of this good read, which also shares the links between joy, happiness and distinctive performance.
“Lead from the Outside” by Stacey Abrams
There are plenty of challenges that hinder women, especially if they are Black, members of the LGBTQ community, etc. Abrams breaks down how things like fear and failure function within leadership and shows you that you are indeed enough for your leadership role.
“The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are” by Alicia Menende
This one really hits home for women in an impossible position at work. If they are strong-willed, they are called cold and calculating. If they have a softer approach, they are seen as pushovers. This book empowers women leaders to let go of old roles and own their own management style.
“The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women” by Elaine Meryl Brown
True leadership requires self-confidence, communication, collaboration and courage — and Elaine Meryl Brown dives in with advice on playing and winning the game in whatever career you’ve chosen.