Leadership Books to Help You Get to the Top

Leadership roles filled by women are on the rise.

These great books could help you make it to the top and become a strong leader.

Leadership roles held by women are a growing trend. If you’ve put yourself on a track to take on a leadership role, You’re not alone. According to Catalyst, 29% of senior management roles globally were filled by women in 2019. That’s the highest number ever recorded. you’re not alone. According to catalyst, women filled 29% of senior management roles in 2019, the highest number ever recorded. A number of resources are available to help you on your journey. There are a great number of books to help you develop strategy, find inspiration and provide you with a great foundation. Many of them by some of the top female leaders in business.

Commitment to self-improvement, the right resources and pure willpower all contribute to the development of people filling  leadership roles. This is counter to a common notion that certain people are born with leadership qualities. Similar to the military, many experts agree that cultivating leaders is possible as well.

Time and again when they are afforded the opportunity many women have been able to demonstrate they can be effective and highly successful leaders. All this despite the fact that they have additional factors inherent to the equation of their serving in such a role. They are often primary caregivers in their household. And, they have differing circumstances when it comes to workplace commitments compared to their male counterparts. 

Here are just a few suggested leadership books to help you get there. 

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

Best known as the COO of Facebook, Sandburg stepped into the world of best-selling author with this book. It’s filled with life lessons and strategies designed to help fellow women serving in leadership roles manage their family and their boardroom activities without having to choose sides. This title created a great deal of conversation centered on female leadership- and the idea of women being able to do it all – keep a healthy family life while maintaining a successful career.

How to Win Friends and Influence People— Dale Carnegie

Whie not by a woman, or even specifically for women, this iconic, even legendary guide to business relationships has stood the test of time for nearly a century and rings every bit as true today. You will be hard to find a senior executive in nearly any major  company that hasn’t read it…most likely multiple times. 

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business — Barbara Corcoran

You’ll recognize Barbara from TVs Shark Tank. Here she offers insight into making every failure a lesson that is part of your journey. And, how she made her mark on the male dominated real estate industry. 

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers — Lois P. Frankel

With over 100 lessons on how to stop asking permission, how to say no, and keep away from office politics. In recent years Frankel has updated this book.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job — Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith 

There are 12 habits which can prevent women from making it to the C-suite. Things like failure to delegate, or not networking enough. Learn how to overcome them and stay on track with your journey. 

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