5 Great Books Every Career Woman Should Read

September 14, 2014 at 11:15 am  •  0 Comments


I’ve always been a reader.

I mainly stick to fiction, but whenever I’m feeling a little unmotivated or in a ‘where is my life going’ type of phase, a great autobiography or business book can turn me back around and help me to get inspired again.

Seeing how other people approach their dreams or their work, can really help you to zone in on your own and find different ways to address the same situation. There’s not been one book out of those below, that I haven’t had to put down to write down a new idea or solution I’ve come up with while reading it. Even if you don’t usually read, the books I’ve listed are written in a way that’s just like listening to a new friend tell you about their work and the story of how they got to where they are today. A really interesting new friend too.

They also give you a great talking point that you can use in social situations for example, ‘Hey, have you read the Lean Startup? I think you’d really like it’. See how smart you look?

To get you started here are 5 business related books I’ve absolutely loved. I promise you, they’ll be at least one on this list that will help you to gain a new lease of inspiration for your career:


1. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophie Amoruso

If you haven’t heard of Sophia Amoruso yet, she founded and owns ‘Nasty Gal’, a US online store, similar to ASOS and according to Forbes, she has a net worth of $250 million. Not bad for someone who started her career shoplighting for things to sell online. This book is an empowering read, which details Sophia’s journey and the life experiences that enabled her to get to where she is today. It’s slightly lighter on ‘business details’ than others in this genre, but it’s a refreshing break from the normal ‘college – Uni – Internship’ career path and this is what makes it such an interesting story to learn about.

Get it here

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2. Ryan Blair – Nothing to Lose, Everything To Gain

Ryan Blair ViSalus

I bought this just before embarking on a 7 hour flight home from New York and literally didn’t put it down once the entire journey. What I love about this book is that Ryan gives actual business advice that can be applied to anyone looking to start their own business or project, regardless of the background, company or industry. And considering he established his first business ’24/7′ Tech aged 21, he should know. He provides an insight into his background as well – a true ‘rags to riches’  story from working in a Gang to becoming a multimillionaire. Unlike some business books, his life experiences are mainly used to illustrate why he has the ethos he does and this is what makes the book fluid and impossible to put down.

Get it here

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3. Get Rich Blogging – Zoe Griffin

Zoe Griffin

Even if you don’t run a blog, you still need to read this book. Content marketing is fast becoming an integral part of every business and it’s important o understand the blogging ecosystem and how it’s fast changing how industries market to their audiences. Zoe writes ‘Live like a VIP’ – a fast paced, entertainment site and her book runs a similar tone – fun, frothy but underpinned with great tips and advice that is particularly relevant for anyone working in media, journalism, marketing or communications.

Get it here

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4. Strong Woman – Karren Brady

Karen Brady

If there’s one thing ‘Strong Woman’ will teach you, it’s that hardwork is the number one factor that contributes to success. Karren was 23 when she first became Managing Director of Birmingham City F.C and it is her passion, tenacity and down to earth attitude that has helped her to become one of the most successful women in business today. This book is really insightful and gives an unemotional take on what it’s like to manage a career, motherhood, health issues and working within a male-orientated industry.

Buy it here

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5. Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg

This is perhaps my favourite of the 5 – Sheryl is one of the most established COOs to ever enter the tech industry and has also carved herself out as one of the leading forces in pushing women to fulfil their potential within the workplace. Starting with ensuring women themselves ‘lean in’, what is perhaps most surprising about this book, is that Sheryl does not try to pretend that this is easy, that it is for everyone and that it does not come without emotional strain. She also does not take the typical view that suggests it is solely men who are repressing women within the workplace. Instead she takes a 360 degree view, which shows women little changes they can make both at home and at work, to ensure they have the right support and infrastructure they need to succeed and fulfil their full potential.

Buy it here

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What are your favourite ‘business books’? Do you agree with my choice above? Please comment and share your thoughts

Beth Gladstone

Beth is a Writer and Digital Marketer who founded The Full Agenda as a place to talk about the things that kept her and her friends up at night. Currently working as a Marketing consultant to various SMEs she is a big fan of the startup market and loves technology, apps and anything social media related. When not obsessively checking Google Analytics, she can be found reading, writing or relaxing with a glass of Prosecco.

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