Knowledge is power — particularly for women navigating the business world. In the following five books, influential women reflect on their quest for success, and the stumbling blocks they overcame along the way.
The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms by Lauren Maillian Bias
Learn how to accomplish goals and overcome challenges by capitalizing on your talents — not climbing over colleagues. Bias, a high-achiever in three different fields, shares tactics for reaching the top while staying true to oneself. Advice and lessons come from some of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs and business executives.
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Don’t let a lack of confidence undercut your success in the corporate world. The authors provide practical tips on confidence building for women of all ages and at all stages of their career. A combination of personal experience and cutting-edge research in genetics, gender, behavior and cognition offers inspiration and guidance.
Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
The best-selling Lean In author reaches out to younger women with concrete advice from industry experts on finding and getting the most out of a first job, résumé writing, best interviewing practices, negotiating salary, listening to your inner voice, and owning who you are. Also includes tips on leaning in for millennial men.
Mistakes don’t have to be fatal. Here, accomplished women recount their worst missteps on the job and what they learned from the experience. Innovators from a variety of fields — from the arts to finance to tech — share their stories.
Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business by Barbara Annis and John Gray
Gender-relations experts Annis and Gray examine the false perceptions that men and women have about themselves and each other. The book includes survey results from more than 100,000 interviews of male and female executives in Fortune 500 companies, and explores the role biology and social influences on communication, problem solving, decision making, conflict resolution and other issues.