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12 must-read books for aspiring women leaders

Our readers have recommended dozens of high quality books for women leaders, aspiring or current, and today we highlight just 12 to inspire you or the leading woman in your office or home.



Books for aspiring women leaders’ careers

No matter what age or what stage in a career, leaders are always grooming themselves to become better, stronger, smarter, and faster. Women leaders have particular challenges in the market today, that while nowhere near what women leaders 20 years ago faced, are still complex matters and they have to balance leading and inspiring with being assertive and being labeled a bitch, and the balancing act is truly an art.

There are endless theories as to how female leaders can work to improve themselves, their teams, as well as their companies, and to highlight only 12 books (of the hundreds of incredible books tailored for ladies aspiring to lead or already in leadership roles) is truly a difficult task, but below are books that you, the reader, have suggested to the women leaders reading today:

books for women leaders

books for women leaders

books for women leaders

  1. The Power of Unpopular – Napoletano
  2. Don’t Think Pink – Johnson & Learned
  3. Atlas Shrugged – Rand
  4. How Remarkable Women Lead – Barsh & Cranston

Finding inspiration at all phases of your career

Leadership isn’t a goal on a to do list that can simply be accomplished, it is an ongoing process, whether you’re an aspiring leader or have been in leadership roles for decades. As with leaders of all genders, there are a fascinating number of leadership styles and theories, so at least one of the books above will speak to your inner leader and hopefully inspire you and others, because with improved leadership comes an improved company and even an improved world!

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Tinu

    April 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Great list. Will have to ask you about this later.

  2. Ali

    May 14, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I wanna recomend also: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg 🙂

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