5 Books aspiring women leaders should read

By: Erika Moye

One of the many things that hinders me from accomplishing things is not feeling the confidence or motivation to continue—even when it comes down to my passions. As a would-be screenwriter, I sometimes find myself unsure where to begin or how to gain that assurance that I can make it in the business world. This is especially true for me as a woman of color in the male-dominated film industry. To help navigate through the struggles of what I like to call “career apprehension”, I have five books—along with their summaries—full of advice, strategies, testimonies, and commentaries, all written by women (and all of which are in my Amazon cart this very instant!) that any aspiring woman leader must check out!

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Thirty years after the women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Find it here

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Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck

In her book, Own It, Sallie Krawcheck draws on her experiences at the highest levels of business, both as one of the few women at the top rungs of the biggest boy’s club in the world, and as an entrepreneur, to show women how to seize this seismic shift in power to take their careers to the next level. Find it here

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Double Outsiders: How Women of Color Can Succeed in Corporate America by Jessica Faye Carter

This insightful book empowers African American, Latina, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, Native American, and multi-racial women to clarify the challenges they face and debunk myths and fallacies about them in corporate environments. It analyzes the critical success factors of professional women of color, provides resources, and offers potential insight into one of the fastest-growing employee demographics. This book also helps companies learn essential strategies for recruitment and retention of women of color. Find it here

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Work It: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business by Carrie Kerpen

In Work It, CEO of Likeable Media and popular podcast host, Carrie Kerpen shares lessons from her career and an “advisory board” of powerful women in a wide range of industries to help women everywhere make their aspirations a reality. With advice on everything from mastering social media to navigating office politics and the seemingly impossible work/life balance, Work It arms every woman with the courage and skills to achieve success and happiness on her terms. Find it here

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In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

Over 100 exceptional and influential women describe how they embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity, and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship. Media titans and ceramicists, hoteliers and tattoo artists, comedians and architects—taken together, these profiles paint a beautiful picture of what happens when we pursue our passions and dreams. Find it here