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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 more and more 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. Recommended by National Business Furniture employees, these are the works that keep us striving to be our very best.
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader
by Herminia Ibarra, Recommended by Heather B. - Marketing Director
Let's just get rid of 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 in how to change your thinking and your working style in order 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.
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Amy Cuddy, Recommended by Desiree C. - HR Generalist
It's time to stop worrying about the impression we're making on others and 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 the stressful times that were once difficult. By reframing behavior, mindset, and body language, it's important to harness the power of presence.
Write It Down, Make It Happen
Henriette Anne Klauser, Recommended by Shantelle B. - Customer Service Specialist
When you're starting with a goal and aiming for success, there's 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 towards success?
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
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 take you to reaching your full potential (and what that means to you personally). These bite-sized bits of brilliance guide you through building a life that you love by loving yourself to begin with, all while interjecting a little bit of humor to put a little emphasis on enjoyment.
Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Kim Scott, Recommended by Eileen B. - VP of Business Intelligence
There's enough stories about horrible bosses and power-hungry leaders out there and in her best-selling book Kim Scott goes through the gauntlet to show you how to be the best boss possible. Building compassion, cohesion, and collaboration is integral to creating an organization of energized and efficient workplace that starts with a great leader.
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Arianna Huffington, Recommended by Jamie M. - Sr. Inventory Specialist
So what does success look like? How can you tell if you're successful or if you're on your way towards 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.