2018 Update: We still stand by this roundup of must-read business books for women, but you may also want to check out our more recent roundup of six books to help achieve your New Year resolutions for your career and beyond!.
Which are the best books for women to read before they begin their careers? Which business books have been essential to you in the middle of yours? Are there any articles or general blogs that are essential reading as well? Reader E recently asked:
Been a regular reader for many years. I was wondering if you could do a round up of the working women books you recommend. I know NGDGTCO is often mentioned, but is there a certain set of books that you think women should read for work?
Very interesting! We’ve talked about some of the best books for becoming a better manager, as well as the best resources for becoming a leader, and I’ve even rounded up my favorite articles for working women — but we haven’t had a good open thread on point in a while. Here is my list of business books for women, but I’m curious what readers say:
- Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers (2014 edition) by Lois P. Frankel
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013) by Sheryl Sandberg — here’s the Corporette discussion
- The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman (2014) — here’s the the Corporette discussion
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (2015 edition) by David Allen — not particularly for women, but necessary for all rising managers!
- Balance Is a Crock, Sleep Is for the Weak: An Indispensable Guide to Surviving Working Motherhood (2010) by Amy Eschliman and Leigh Oshirak — if you’re pondering kids, you must read this book! I’d also recommend the magazine Working Mother generally (and of course, checking out CorporetteMoms).
Psst: we’ve also talked about the best personal finance books for a newbie.
Ladies, what would you add to this list of essential business books? Which books, new or old, have you read that have really helped your career? Any TED Talks or other resources other than books or articles that you’d throw in? (I was JUST wondering if we should start a book club, too…)