Camille Styles

Work Life

8 Leadership Books All Women Should Read

May 26th, 2017

There’s a lot to be said about work culture today. More and more companies offer flex schedules, better parental leave, and value creative work. And perspectives have shifted, allowing us to switch jobs or industries in our pursuit of the “just right” fit.

We also celebrate people who start their own companies—whether we call them “serial entrepreneurs,” “solopreneurs,” “mompreneurs,” or just “bloggers”—and many of today’s leaders are self-made, often taking a great idea and bringing it to fruition through years of hard work. But more freedom also means that some of the formal elements of office work have virtually disappeared. Maybe the biggest concern? A lack of leadership training.

Work looked different for our parents’ and grandparents’ generations. You often stayed at the same company for decades and worked your way up, slowly, surely, patiently. And so, by the time you got promoted to manager, you’d been carefully vetted and prepared over the course of years. Often, that preparation included hours of formal management training.

Today, many of us will find ourselves overseeing teams without any guidance or previous experience. Some of us will have spent years flying solo as freelancers or serving in creative roles where we only answered to a boss or client. And that means that too many of us will have never managed anyone else’s time, given critical feedback, or—worst of all—had to fire someone.

Thankfully, formal training isn’t everything and there are resources like Career Contessa spending our days trying to help women build successful carers. Here are some books to help you help yourself. Autodidacts unite.

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  1. Esther says:

    Thank you for sharing. There are three books I will order today.
    I love your blog and follow you now. Have a nice weekend. Love, Esther

  2. Iida says:

    Thanks for sharing this list. I’ll definitely add these into my reading list immediately. The one book that has helped me to boost my career and my leadership skills is definitely “From receptionist to boss” by Nicole Smartt. I think it should be on this list too 😀

  3. chlo says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this list, I really need to begin reading books like this to help me learn and guide me on my journey of creating a career where I can hopefully work for myself 🙂 You write so well and really kept me intrigued. Great opening!!

    Have a lovely weekend 🙂

    Chloe @

  4. Natalie says:

    These all look great books!

  5. Fatima says:

    Amazing post, all these books sound fanatic going to check all of them out for myself.

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