Career Reads

5 books made for your entrepreneurial spirit

Okay, business-savvy bookworms! Bust out your bookmarks and get ready to add these publications to your reading list. These career-minded reads that will change the way you think about entrepreneurship, and maybe even yourself.
1. Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book is a follow up to her groundbreaking TEDtalk (You can listen to it here: It brings to light the challenges women face in the business world today and discusses not only the ways that women are held back, but the ways that we hold back ourselves. It’s full of personal accounts and data that exposes gender differences and gives practical, executable advice on how you can achieve your goals in spite of them. This read is all about what women can do as opposed to what we can’t and urges us all to come together in an effort to make the world we live and work in more equal.

If you’re a recent graduate, Sandberg’s latest publication, Lean In for Graduates, is described as, “A handbook that offers instruction and inspiration for the next generation”.

2. Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes
   Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

By Lois P. Frankel

A very interesting read about how women can get in their own way before they’re even out of grade school. Dr. Lois Frankel reveals why some women soar in the workplace and others flounder though 101 unique behaviors that are often ingrained in women as children. Character traits like backing down too easily and explaining too much when asked for information, can actually have negative effects on how women are perceived in the work place.  This book helps you take control of the unconscious actions that could be holding you back and offers strategies that can better your social and business skills.

3. Girl Code: Unlocking Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
By Cara Alwill Leyba
In this book, life coach Cara Alwill Leyba explains why we're more powerful when we connect with each other. The “Girl Code” consists of thinking positively, supporting those around you and believing that you and your colleagues can truly achieve anything you set your minds to. With transparency comes the opportunity to grow, improve and live up to your true potential. This publication contains stories and accounts of the amazing things that can happen when female entrepreneurs join forces to make things happen.  Get ready to build up your fellow lady and become a better business woman!

4. I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know
By Kate White

Bestselling author Kate White shares the secrets to her success as editor-in-chief of a top U.S. magazine. This book offers direct advice to women about their career paths and it’s great for women reentering the workforce, those just starting out or anyone looking for a change. It’s a vibrant read that mixes stories of challenges and successes to paint a portrait of what it looks like to not only reach your goals, but to exceed ones you didn’t know you had.  

5. Leading from the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women 
By Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

Written by two women entrepreneurs who were once captains in the United States Marine Corp., this book gives strategies and insight born from their intense training serving in a male-dominated sector. They offer 10 key practices to implement in order to become a strong leader. Make decisions easier, improve your focus and be the leader you know you were born to be. This isn’t a, “Men VS. Women” read; it’s about women learning to play to their strengths.
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