5 Must Read Books for Women in Business

Over the last few decades the number of amazing women that have blazed a path and opened doors for women in business to achieve noteworthy levels of professional success has grown by leaps and bounds.  These inspirational women’s success is our success!

With so many industries being male dominated in upper level management positions, the question remains—How do these ladies do it?

The books below shed light on the mindset you need to develop to create peak performance and outshine your competition, regardless of their gender.  They also touch on the struggles women in business face as we break some of the outdated barriers that limit our success and challenge us to take an honest look at what we are doing the holds us back.

If you are looking for some motivation to maximize your success take a look at the books below and find the ones that are best suited for your needs:

1. How Remarkable Women Lead:  The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston

Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston spent five years compiling research on how powerful women in business stay relevant in the ever changing workplace.  This book is unique in that you will read several women’s stories of success in leadership positions.

What I like about this book is that it is not a one size fits all equation.  While the authors focus on the Five Elements of Centered Leadership, the individual stories in the book show great diversity in background, experience, and a multitude of approaches that woman take to achieve success.

The Five Elements of Centered Leadership are:

  1. Meaning
  2. Framing
  3. Connecting
  4. Engaging
  5. Energizing To Work

After reading this book you will learn the tools you need to create a plan for your professional and personal life that will push and challenge you to go beyond your current boundaries to where the greatest levels of growth and success are waiting.

2. Birthing the Elephant: The Woman’s Go-For-It! Guide to Overcoming the Big Challenges of Launching a Business by Karin Abarbanel

Our economy is still rebuilding and the statistics for the success rate of start-ups is still shocking—less than 50% of new businesses survive their first 5 years.  So the pressing question is—What are the 50% of business owners who do succeed doing to achieve success?

Birthing the Elephant is a handbook created with the first-time female entrepreneur in mind.  This book walks you through the typical life cycle of a new business, how to plan for the unexpected, and how to develop an emotional mind frame for success.

Each chapter in the book has quick tips, checklists, and resources to best help female entrepreneurs succeed and women in business succeed.  The book also focuses on the professional traits that you need to cultivate—commitment, persistence, and courage.

Women, like famous make-up artist Bobbi Brown, share the valleys and peaks they have traveled along their road to success.

3. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski

Ladies we are long overdue for making the money we deserve!  Statistics show that the average women makes only .77 cents for every $1 that a man in the same position makes.  Author Mika Brzezinski has been in the male dominated world of journalism and reporting since 1991.   She created Knowing Your Value to zero in on the key factors that are holding women back from achieving the financial success we deserve.

This book tackles the tough questions that lead to the mistakes we make as women in business.  She shows how our actions relate to our financial success, and how to overcome the external barriers that restrict our financial equality.

Mika interviews successful women like Valerie Jarrett and male powerhouses like Donald Trump.  She gets the honest answers to the questions we aren’t able to ask within our own workplace.  Knowledge is power and you will walk away from this book realizing your worth and how to obtain your true value.

4. The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide by Peri Pakroo J.D.

Every 60 seconds a woman is launching a new start-up.  This means that female entrepreneurs own approximately 10 million business in the United States alone.  Author Peri Pakroo has over 20 year’s experience in business consulting and new business start-ups, and shares her wealth of knowledge in this book.

She created The Woman’s Small Business Start-Up Kit to walk you through the maze of legal responsibilities you must take charge of when launching your new business.  This is perfect for the first time business owner since there is so much you need to do to safeguard your business and comply with all federal and state regulations, much of which most first time start-ups may be unaware of.  The book also comes with a CD that includes current tools, forms, and resources you will need to make sure you have all of your bases covered.

5. Millionaire Women Next Door: The Many Journeys of Successful American Businesswomen by Thomas J. Stanley, PhD

This is a book of true inspiration for women in business that are tired of living paycheck-to-paycheck!   This is one in a series of books by author Thomas J. Stanley, PhD that focus on what you need to do to achieve a millionaire mindset.  This book profiles the habits and personality traits of successful women in business.  Some will surprise you as they do not include lives of obvious extravagance.

You will gain true insight as to how women have become self-made millionaires and the habits women need to break that deter our success.  The main focus is on business owners, but offers value to all women who are looking to maximize their success.

All of these books are designed to empower women in business and leadership positions to continue to grow and develop.  There are still many barriers that we face as women in business, but by supporting each others success we will continue to break them down!

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Helena Rogers is the owner and operator of The Savvy Woman Blog.  You can also stay connected with her by visiting her Facebook Fan Page.

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