7 Must Read Books for Boss Ladies

Sophia Amoruso
I’m a huge believer in the importance of learning. While we can learn in so many ways (school, books, stimulating conversations, listening to podcasts and simply by doing), I feel that everyone can benefit by reading just 10 pages a day. Books provide you with a window in the mind of the author and there are some crazy smart people in this world who have a lot of knowledge to impart on us!

Connie and I both try to read as much as we can. As female entrepreneurs, we realize that there are a few nuisances in how women vs men approach business. This a list of my top 7 books that every lady boss should read! I’ve read each one of these and all of them changed the way that I viewed myself and our business. I should point out that not every author on this list is female. It would of course be ridiculous to limit the books that you read simply based on the gender of the author!

1) Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead: Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg, known for her role as COO at Facebook has become a go-to speaker on women leadership in the workplace. What I admire so much about her story is her drive and ambition to make a change in the world. She encourages women to “lean in” in their workplaces and to be conscious when they are limiting their own growth.

2) Rich Dad Poor Dad: Robert Kiyosaki

Robert gives a different angle to the concept of money. Throughout this story, he recounts lessons that were taught to him by two father figures throughout his life. He stresses the importance building your asset column and making money work for you.

3) The 4 Hour Work Week: Tim Ferris

This book has become somewhat of a “bible” for entrepreneurs just starting out on their journey and looking to gain freedom over their lifestyle. Packed full with helpful challenges, first hand stories and actionable insights, I’ve read this book cover to cover a few times.

4) Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business: Barbara Corcoran

Barbara is easily my favourite shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. I admire her can-do attitude, willingness to trust her gut and competitive instincts. In this book, she recounts her journey through business as a woman, believing in herself even when no one else did. Definitely an inspiring read.

5) Delivering Happiness: Tony Heish

This has to be one of the easiest and yet most useful reads of the bunch. Tony has a way of writing that makes it seem as though he is right there in the room with me. We’ve taken many of his lessons on the importance of customer service and delivering a WOW factor to customers to heart.

6) #GIRLBOSS: Sophia Amoruso

Considered the more “rebellious” version of Lean In, Sophia’s #GIRLBOSS encourages us to embrace all of our quirks and experiences (good and bad) on our journey to success. This year, Netflix will be premiering a series about Sophia’s #GIRLBOSS journey, a show I will be binge watching for sure!

7) Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Lois P. Frankel

Although written with the corporate climber rather than the entrepreneur in mind, Lois’s mistakes that she lays out in this easy read are timeless for any ambitious lady. Giving practical, everything-out-on-the-table advice, she encourages women to speak up and step away from the expectations placed on us as a society.

Which one of these titles have you already read and which must-reads should I add to my reading list? Let me know in the comments below!

Laura

1 comment

Amazing list! I love GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso! It was so inspiring to read about how she started as a small vintage clothes shop on eBay.

I will definitely check out the other books on this list! Thanks for sharing!

Kristen February 22, 2017

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