Books to up your leadership game in 2021

For all the ladies interested in building confidence and growing their leadership skills in 2021, I’m sharing some of my favorite business books that were written BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN!

Whether you’re a business owner, aspiring entrepreneur, taking on more responsibility at work, managing a team, positioning yourself for a big promotion, working in a male-dominated industry or you just want to build your confidence—there is something for everyone!

I hope you find these books to be a great addition to your collection as you grow your leadership skills, build your business, and take your career to the next level! And…if you’ve already read some of them, let us know what you think!

Happy Reading!!! I’ll see you in the New Year!

Tammy XOXO

“Been There, Run That” By Kay Koplovitz

Kay Koplovitz is the founder of the USA Network and the Syfy Channel, She is the first woman network president and chairman in television history, as well as the co-creator of Springboard Enterprises. 

In Been There, Run That, 45 proven entrepreneurs and thought leaders in various industries share best practices and actionable advice. This book helps you navigate from the idea stage to becoming an entrepreneur, finding the right market, and raising capital.

Get it here.

“Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World” By Joann S. Lublin

Joann S. Lublin is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and management news editor for The Wall Street Journal.

Lublin interviewed over 50 executive women who broke the corporate glass ceiling. In her book, she shares inspiring insights and lessons from women who blazed the corporate trail and continue to serve as role models to other women.

Get it here.

“Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur” By Cara Alwill Leyba

Cara Alwill Leyba is a master life coach and blogger. Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur is a feel-good book that provides a roadmap to building confidence, rediscovering your “why,” overcoming jealousy, and learning the power of connection. 

Get it here.

“Leading From the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women” By Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch are two successful women entrepreneurs who were once captains in the United States Marine Corps. This book draws upon their leadership experience navigating the male-dominated Marines. This book is an excellent resource for new female managers who may have no formal leadership training and work in a male-dominated industry.

Get it here.

“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” By Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg hit the bestseller list with this book in 2013. Lean In remains one of the top leadership books written by a woman for women. Sandberg’s book emerged from a TED Talk she delivered where she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers, along with examples that supported her observations.

Lean In offers both the personal and professional side. It’s filled with personal stories, hard data, how-to advice, and not going it alone. 

Get it here.

“Nice Girls Still Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers” By Lois P. Frankel

The New York Times bestseller is revised and updated. In this edition, internationally recognized executive coach Lois P. Frankel reveals over 130 behaviors that women learn as girls that ultimately sabotage them as adults. She teaches you how to eliminate the patterns and mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills. 

Get it here.

“Own It: The Power of Women at Work” By Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck, a former Wall Street powerhouse-turned entrepreneur, says the world is changing – and fast. We are on the brink of what Krawcheck calls the Fourth Wave of feminism, one that will usher in unprecedented opportunities for women in business.

Communication and collaboration are ruling the business world more than ever. These skills and qualities are ones that women inherently possess. The business world is changing fast-driven—mainly by technology, and it’s changing in ways that give women more power and opportunities than ever. 

Krawcheck draws on her own experiences to show how women can tap into this growing power. 

Get it here.

“Reframe: Shift the Way You Work, Innovate, and Think” By Mona Patel

Mona Patel is the CEO and founder of Motivate Design. Reframe is centered around Patel’s eight-step process, which she calls “Reframework,” that can get you unstuck and out of a rut.

Patel is an innovation and disruption evangelist. That’s how she runs her company—and how she wants you to run yours. In her chapter titled, Creative Openers to Problem Solving, Patel takes you through an exercise asking eight “creative openers” that can lead you to all sorts of discovery.

Get it here.

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

Barbara Corcoran is one of the stars of Shark Tank. She was also a savvy entrepreneur long before she joined the reality show. After more than 20 failed jobs, Corcoran borrowed $1,000 from a boyfriend, quit her job as a diner waitress, and started a tiny real estate office in New York City. Using unconventional lessons learned from her homemaker mom, she grew her small office into a 6 billion-dollar business. Her book is a combined memoir, how-to, advice, and humor.

Get it here.

“Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You” By Betsy Myers

Betsy Myers was the former head of the Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership, a business resource for women entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur herself, she educated and advocated for emerging women entrepreneurs. She served as a senior adviser to two US presidents and was the former executive director of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. Today, Myers is a leadership expert and the founding director of the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University.

Myers believes leadership exists everywhere and begins with ourselves. To lead and inspire others and foster collaboration, Myers says we need to lead ourselves. In Take the Lead, she delineates the seven fundamental principles—authenticity, connection, respect, clarity, collaboration, learning, and courage.

Get it here.

“The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Learn but Won’t Learn in Business School” By Selena Rezvani

The Next Generation of Women Leaders gives women at all stages of their career the tools to realize their professional goals. It’s a must-read focusing on women’s leadership strengths, and it includes interviews with 30 highly accomplished businesswomen.

Get it here.

“The Obstacle is the Way” By Ryan Holiday

The Obstacle is the Way is a #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller and classic book of wisdom that helps readers apply knowledge to become more successful at whatever they do.

Holiday uses stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience, to teach us to focus on things we can control and let go of those we can’t.

In her book, Holiday identifies three paths to overcoming challenges and failures. She reminds us that obstacles should be expected and embraced because they are opportunities to test ourselves, try new things, learn, grow, and be successful!

Get it here.

Sources: Amazon

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