Top 8 must-read books to elevate women in business

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Whether you’re an avid page-turner or an audiobook addict, here are our top 8 books that you need in your life. Oh, and they’re all written by female autho

Want to expand your knowledge? Pick up one of these insightful reads (all written by women), to educate yourself on topics such as burnout, professional relationships, and how to overcome the fear of failure.

08: The Smart Girls Handbook – Scarlett V Clark

Scarlett V Clark set up one of the UK’s largest female empowerment communities from her university bedroom when she was just a teenager. Now, she’s focused on educating, inspiring and empowering the CEO’s of tomorrow through The Smart Girls Handbook – a must-read for females at any stage of their career. The book provides practical tools and exercises to help girls and women relieve the challenges of personal pressure and self-doubt. Buy a copy here

07: Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder – Arianna Huffington

The pursuit for money and power is causing a burnout epidemic, something that Arianna Huffington, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post, knows all too well. After receiving a personal wake-up call from overworking herself, Arianna decided to start prioritising self-care, self-awareness and focusing on maintaining a healthy work/life balance. This book is an ode to anyone else living through the same struggle. Buy a copy here.

06: Own the Room – Amy Jen Su and Muriel Wilkins

Learn how to become an influential leader, connect with people and have an immediate impact. Amy Jen Su and Muriel Wilkins encourage readers to practice two key points to achieve success: develop positive connections and to demonstrate authentic value and distinction. Filled with real-life examples and anecdotes, this book provides practical advice to literally teach you how to ‘own the room’. Click here to buy a copy.

05: Radical Candor – Kim Scott

Brought to you by former Google and Apple executive Kim Scott, Radical Candor provides a no-nonsense approach to how you can get your colleagues to take you more seriously. Kim believes that women are taught to be nice and to be silent from a young age - a notion that she proudly challenges. Through her book, she provides a framework to empower women to advance their careers by building better relationships and directly challenging others. Click here to buy a copy.

04: Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance – Erica Dhawan

In an age where many of us are working from home, it can be hard to build new professional relationships. Communicating from behind a computer screen seriously limits our ability to read traditional body language signals and can often hinder our ability to build trust with our peers. Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan provides insights and solutions on how to overcome these obstacles in any professional environment - from instant messages and emails to conference calls and video meetings. 

03: Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less – Tiffany Dufu

Every woman needs to understand how many balls she is juggling - in both personal and professional settings. Tiffany Dufu encourages women to take control of the tasks that they perform, stating: “Just because you’re better at doing something doesn’t mean you doing it is the most productive use of your time.” As the title suggests, the main objective is to educate the reader on how they can utilise their time effectively to get more done. 

 

02: Impact Players - Liz Wiseman

Through the pages of Liz Wiseman’s book, you’ll discover how to become an ‘impact player’, which she defines as someone who can be counted on in high-stake situations, while making others around them count. To achieve this, she focuses on five main aspects: figuring out the job, stepping up, moving things across the finish line, welcoming change, and making light of heavy demand.

01: Girl, Stop Apologizing - Rachel Hollis

Every woman that wants to get ahead should read this book. In Girl, Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis  explains that women are often afraid of their own goals, through the fear of not being enough, embarrassment or falling short of perfection. But hope is not lost, as the book is a stark reminder that women do not need permission to chase their hopes, desires and goals.

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