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It's no secret that some of the world's greatest writers have been women. From impactful works of fiction to hard-hitting journalism and elegant poetry to complex histories, female writers have penned incredible works of literary mastery. In the business world, women have been significantly underrepresented, but as those tides change, it becomes increasingly important to listen to the wisdom of women who have found success.
Here's a selection of business books to inspire personal growth and positive change in the workplace and beyond. National Business Furniture employees recommended these works to keep us striving to be our best.
1. Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
by Herminia Ibarra, Recommended by Heather B., Marketing Director
Let's eliminate the adage of "dress for the job you want" and focus more on thinking, acting, and truly being the leader you've worked hard to become. In this book, Herminia Ibarra offers insight into how to change your thinking and working style to bolster your leadership skills. Using small-but-crucial changes, Ibarra implores you to learn through action while thinking about what kind of work is important, how to invest your time, and why relationships matter in cultivating your leadership skills.
2. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
By Amy Cuddy, Recommended by Desiree C., HR Generalist
It's time to stop worrying about the impression we're making on others—instead, it’s time we start to think about the impression we make on ourselves. In Presence, Amy Cuddy tells a variety of stories about individuals who learned how to succeed during stressful times that felt difficult. By reframing behavior, mindset, and body language, we can harness the power of presence.
3. Write It Down, Make It Happen
By Henriette Anne Klauser, Recommended by Shantelle B., Customer Service Specialist
When starting with a goal and aiming for success, you can follow simple steps to get your plans in motion. Sometimes, those steps are as simple as taking pen to paper to get what you want. These stories of people reaching their dreams all started with putting their plans on paper, so how can you get started with your journey toward success?
4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero, Recommended by Anne S., Director of Customer Service
If you couldn't tell by the title, Jen Sincero's cheeky appeal to a fulfilling life is a wild ride that will ultimately help you reach your full potential (and what that means to you). These bite-sized bits of brilliance guide you through building a life that you love by loving yourself, all while interjecting a little bit of humor to put emphasize enjoyment.
5. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
By Kim Scott, Recommended by Eileen B., VP of Business Intelligence
There are enough stories about horrible bosses and power-hungry leaders out there, and in her bestselling book, Kim Scott shows you how to be the best boss possible. Building compassion, cohesion, and collaboration is integral to creating an energized and efficient workplace that starts with a great leader.
6. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
By Arianna Huffington, Recommended by Jamie M., Sr. Inventory SpecialistSo what does success look like? How can you tell if you're successful or on your way toward it? Arianna Huffington redefines this idea of success in the workplace and adds to it the importance of being more than a hefty salary and an elegant office. By managing the idea of what success should look like, it's more tangible and reachable than you ever thought possible.