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26 Best Leadership Books for Women

Discover a curated collection of empowering leadership books for women. Unleash your potential, inspire others, and achieve success.


The Ride of a Lifetime

by Robert Iger

4.8 (16449 reviews)

What is The Ride of a Lifetime about?

In this insightful memoir, the author shares his remarkable journey as the CEO of one of the world's most iconic companies, the Walt Disney Company. From his early days at ABC to the acquisition of Pixar and Marvel, Robert Iger provides valuable lessons and leadership principles he learned during his 15-year tenure. With captivating anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, this book offers a unique perspective on the challenges and triumphs of leading a global entertainment empire.

Who should read The Ride of a Lifetime

  • Aspiring business leaders seeking insights from a successful CEO.

  • Disney enthusiasts curious about the inner workings of the company.

  • Anyone interested in learning valuable lessons from a corporate titan.



by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

4.7 (23411 reviews)

What is Boundaries about?

In this empowering self-help guide, two renowned psychologists offer practical advice on setting healthy boundaries in order to regain control of one's life. Drawing from their extensive experience, the authors provide valuable insights and strategies for saying "yes" to what truly matters and confidently saying "no" to toxic relationships and situations. With relatable anecdotes and actionable steps, this book serves as a roadmap to establishing boundaries that promote personal growth, happiness, and fulfillment.

Who should read Boundaries

  • Individuals struggling with setting healthy personal boundaries in relationships.

  • People seeking guidance on asserting themselves and saying no.

  • Anyone looking to regain control and establish healthier boundaries.



by Doris Kearns Goodwin

4.7 (4284 reviews)

What is Leadership about?

"Leadership: In Turbulent Times" delves into the lives of four iconic American leaders, exploring their journeys and the challenges they faced during times of crisis. Drawing from extensive research and personal interviews, the book offers profound insights into the qualities that define exceptional leadership. Doris Kearns Goodwin skillfully weaves together narratives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson, providing a compelling exploration of leadership in the face of adversity.

Who should read Leadership

  • Aspiring leaders seeking guidance in navigating challenging times.

  • History enthusiasts interested in studying influential leaders' experiences.

  • Professionals looking to enhance their leadership skills and strategies.


How Women Rise

by Sally Helgesen, Marshall Goldsmith

4.7 (2005 reviews)

What is How Women Rise about?

In this empowering guide, two renowned authors shed light on the 12 common habits that hinder women's professional growth. Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, they offer strategies to overcome these obstacles and unlock career advancement. With a focus on self-awareness and personal development, this book equips women with the tools to break free from limitations and achieve their desired success in the workplace.

Who should read How Women Rise

  • Professional women seeking to overcome career obstacles and advance.

  • Managers and leaders looking to support the growth of female employees.

  • Individuals interested in understanding gender dynamics in the workplace.


The Memo

by Minda Harts

4.7 (1674 reviews)

What is The Memo about?

"The Memo" is a powerful guide that offers invaluable insights and practical advice for women of color striving to succeed in the corporate world. Authored by Minda Harts, this book addresses the unique challenges faced by women of color in the workplace and provides strategies to navigate these obstacles. With a focus on empowerment, mentorship, and self-advocacy, "The Memo" equips readers with the tools they need to secure a seat at the table and thrive in their careers.

Who should read The Memo

  • Women of color seeking guidance on advancing their careers.

  • Corporate leaders interested in fostering diversity and inclusion.

  • Individuals looking to understand the experiences of women of color in the workplace.


The 4 Disciplines of Execution

by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling

4.7 (629 reviews)

What is The 4 Disciplines of Execution about?

"The 4 Disciplines of Execution" offers a practical guide to help individuals and organizations achieve their most important goals. Drawing on real-world examples and research, the authors present four key disciplines that can transform the way goals are pursued and achieved. With a focus on clarity, focus, engagement, and accountability, this book provides a roadmap for success in any endeavor, offering actionable strategies and insights to drive meaningful results.

Who should read The 4 Disciplines of Execution

  • Business leaders seeking effective strategies to achieve their goals.

  • Managers looking to improve their team's performance and productivity.

  • Individuals interested in personal development and goal-setting techniques.


The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

by Patrick Lencioni

4.6 (7814 reviews)

What is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team about?

In this insightful leadership fable, the author explores the five common dysfunctions that hinder team success. Through a captivating story, he delves into the dynamics of a struggling executive team and uncovers the root causes of their dysfunction. With practical lessons and actionable strategies, this book offers valuable insights for leaders seeking to build cohesive and high-performing teams.

Who should read The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • Managers and team leaders seeking to improve team dynamics.

  • Business professionals interested in effective leadership strategies.

  • Individuals looking to enhance their teamwork and collaboration skills.


The Moment of Lift

by Melinda Gates

4.6 (6257 reviews)

What is The Moment of Lift about?

In this empowering and eye-opening book, the author delves into the transformative power of empowering women. Drawing from her own experiences and encounters with women from all walks of life, she explores the profound impact that gender equality can have on societies. With compelling stories and insightful analysis, this book serves as a call to action, urging readers to recognize the importance of lifting women up and creating a more equitable world for all.

Who should read The Moment of Lift

  • Women seeking inspiration and empowerment to create positive change.

  • Activists and advocates for gender equality and women's rights.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the impact of empowering women globally.


Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

by Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D.

4.6 (1986 reviews)

What is Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office about?

This book delves into the unconscious mistakes that women often make in the workplace, hindering their career growth. With expert advice and real-life examples, the author explores the common behaviors and attitudes that hold women back from achieving success. From failing to promote themselves to avoiding conflict, this insightful guide offers practical strategies to overcome these obstacles and thrive in the professional world.

Who should read Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

  • Professional women seeking to overcome career obstacles and advance.

  • Managers and leaders looking to support and empower female employees.

  • Individuals interested in understanding gender dynamics in the workplace.


Leadership is Language

by L. David Marquet

4.6 (1009 reviews)

What is Leadership is Language about?

"Leadership is Language" by L. David Marquet explores the profound impact of communication on effective leadership. The book delves into the hidden power of words and the importance of language in shaping organizational culture and driving success. Marquet emphasizes the need for leaders to adopt a more empowering and collaborative approach to communication, challenging traditional hierarchical structures. Through insightful anecdotes and practical strategies, the book offers a transformative perspective on leadership and the potential of language to inspire and motivate teams.

Who should read Leadership is Language

  • Managers and leaders seeking to improve their communication skills.

  • Team members looking to enhance their understanding of effective leadership.

  • Individuals interested in exploring the impact of language on leadership.


The Great CEO Within

by Matt Mochary

4.6 (713 reviews)

What is The Great CEO Within about?

"The Great CEO Within" is a comprehensive guide to building and leading successful companies, written by an experienced entrepreneur and executive coach. This tactical guide offers valuable insights and practical advice on various aspects of company building, including leadership, team management, culture development, and decision-making. With real-life examples and actionable strategies, this book equips aspiring and current CEOs with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of running a company and achieve long-term success.

Who should read The Great CEO Within

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking practical strategies for building successful companies.

  • Current CEOs looking for tactical guidance to enhance their leadership skills.

  • Business professionals interested in understanding the intricacies of company building.


Lean In

by Sheryl Sandberg

4.5 (11137 reviews)

What is Lean In about?

In this empowering and thought-provoking book, the author explores the challenges faced by women in the workplace and offers practical advice on how to overcome them. Drawing from her own experiences as a successful businesswoman, Sandberg encourages women to lean in, take risks, and pursue leadership roles. With a focus on gender equality and the importance of supporting one another, this book serves as a rallying call for women to assert their presence and make their voices heard in the professional world.

Who should read Lean In

  • Women seeking inspiration and guidance to excel in their careers.

  • Men interested in understanding and supporting gender equality in the workplace.

  • Leaders and managers looking to create inclusive and diverse organizations.



by Seth Godin

4.5 (2673 reviews)

What is Linchpin about?

In this thought-provoking book, the author challenges conventional notions of work and encourages readers to become indispensable in their chosen fields. Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, the book explores the qualities and mindset required to thrive in today's rapidly changing world. It empowers individuals to embrace their unique abilities, think creatively, and make a lasting impact, ultimately inspiring readers to become linchpins in their personal and professional lives.

Who should read Linchpin

  • Professionals seeking to become indispensable in their careers.

  • Entrepreneurs looking to create a unique and valuable business.

  • Individuals seeking to unleash their creative potential and make a difference.


The Innovator's Dilemma

by Clayton M. Christensen

4.5 (2540 reviews)

What is The Innovator's Dilemma about?

This book explores the challenges faced by successful companies when disruptive technologies emerge in the market. Clayton M. Christensen analyzes how established firms often fail to adapt to these new technologies due to their focus on sustaining innovations. Through case studies and research, the book offers insights into the "innovator's dilemma" and provides strategies for companies to navigate these disruptive changes and avoid failure.

Who should read The Innovator's Dilemma

  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking insights on disruptive innovation.

  • Executives and managers in established companies facing technological disruptions.

  • Students and academics studying the challenges of innovation and industry dynamics.


The Confidence Code

by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman

4.5 (1848 reviews)

What is The Confidence Code about?

"The Confidence Code" explores the science and art of self-assurance, specifically focusing on what women should know. Written by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, this book delves into the reasons behind the confidence gap between men and women and offers practical advice and strategies to help women build their confidence. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with successful women, this empowering book aims to unlock the secrets to cultivating confidence in all aspects of life.

Who should read The Confidence Code

  • Women seeking to understand the science behind self-confidence.

  • Professionals looking to enhance their self-assurance and leadership skills.

  • Individuals interested in empowering women to embrace their confidence.


Only the Paranoid Survive

by Andrew S. Grove

4.5 (1086 reviews)

What is Only the Paranoid Survive about?

In this insightful business book, the author, a renowned industry leader, explores the concept of crisis points and their impact on companies. Drawing from his own experiences, he provides practical strategies for identifying and navigating these critical moments, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and innovation. With a focus on survival and growth, this book offers valuable advice for executives and entrepreneurs facing the ever-changing challenges of the business world.

Who should read Only the Paranoid Survive

  • Business executives seeking strategies to navigate and thrive during challenging times.

  • Entrepreneurs looking to understand and leverage crisis points for growth.

  • Managers and leaders aiming to develop resilience and adaptability in their organizations.


In Search of Excellence

by Thomas J. Peters, Robert H. Waterman

4.5 (615 reviews)

What is In Search of Excellence about?

"In Search of Excellence" offers valuable insights into the practices and strategies employed by some of America's most successful companies. Written by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, this book delves into the secrets behind the exceptional performance of these organizations. Through extensive research and case studies, the authors identify key principles that contribute to excellence, providing readers with practical lessons and inspiration to apply in their own business ventures.

Who should read In Search of Excellence

  • Business leaders and managers seeking insights into successful company practices.

  • Entrepreneurs looking for inspiration and strategies to improve their businesses.

  • Students and academics studying organizational management and leadership.


Millionaire Women Next Door

by Thomas J. Stanley PhD.

4.5 (194 reviews)

What is Millionaire Women Next Door about?

In this insightful book, the author delves into the lives of accomplished American businesswomen who have defied societal norms and achieved financial success. Through extensive research and interviews, he uncovers the common traits, habits, and strategies that have propelled these women to become millionaires. With practical advice and inspiring stories, this book serves as a guide for aspiring female entrepreneurs, offering valuable insights into the journeys of these remarkable women.

Who should read Millionaire Women Next Door

  • Aspiring female entrepreneurs seeking inspiration and guidance from successful women.

  • Business professionals interested in understanding the strategies of millionaire women.

  • Individuals looking to challenge traditional gender roles in business.


Speeches That Changed the World

by Simon Sebag Montefiore

4.5 (184 reviews)

What is Speeches That Changed the World about?

"Speeches That Changed the World" is a captivating collection of powerful speeches that have shaped history and influenced societies. Written by an acclaimed author, this book delves into the profound impact of speeches delivered by influential figures throughout time. From political leaders to activists, these speeches have ignited revolutions, inspired change, and left an indelible mark on humanity. With insightful analysis and historical context, this book offers a compelling exploration of the transformative power of words.

Who should read Speeches That Changed the World

  • History enthusiasts seeking to explore influential speeches throughout time.

  • Students of political science and communication interested in impactful oratory.

  • Individuals looking for inspiration from powerful speeches that shaped history.


Women Don’t Ask

by Linda Babcock, Ph.D., Sara Laschever

4.5 (158 reviews)

What is Women Don’t Ask about?

This book explores the gender divide in negotiation, shedding light on why women tend to ask for less than men in various aspects of life. Backed by extensive research and real-life examples, the authors delve into the societal and cultural factors that contribute to this disparity. Offering practical advice and strategies, they empower women to overcome these barriers and become more effective negotiators, ultimately striving for equality in the workplace and beyond.

Who should read Women Don’t Ask

  • Working women looking to overcome gender-based negotiation challenges.

  • Employers seeking to address gender disparities in negotiation outcomes.

  • Individuals interested in understanding the impact of gender on negotiations.


Trillion Dollar Coach

by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle

4.4 (861 reviews)

What is Trillion Dollar Coach about?

"Trillion Dollar Coach" is a compelling guide to leadership, drawing inspiration from the legendary Bill Campbell, a renowned coach in Silicon Valley. Written by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle, this book unveils the invaluable lessons and strategies that Campbell employed to mentor some of the biggest names in tech, including Steve Jobs and Larry Page. With insightful anecdotes and practical advice, it offers a playbook for effective leadership in the fast-paced world of Silicon Valley.

Who should read Trillion Dollar Coach

  • Aspiring leaders seeking insights from Silicon Valley's legendary coach.

  • Entrepreneurs and executives looking to enhance their leadership skills.

  • Tech enthusiasts interested in the secrets behind Silicon Valley's success.


How to Find Fulfilling Work

by Roman Krznaric

4.4 (375 reviews)

What is How to Find Fulfilling Work about?

In this insightful guide, the author explores the concept of finding fulfilling work in a world where traditional career paths no longer guarantee satisfaction. Drawing on a range of real-life examples and practical exercises, the book offers a fresh perspective on career choices, encouraging readers to consider their passions, values, and personal strengths. With a focus on self-reflection and creative thinking, it provides valuable guidance for those seeking a more meaningful and fulfilling professional life.

Who should read How to Find Fulfilling Work

  • Recent graduates struggling to find meaningful career paths.

  • Professionals feeling unfulfilled and seeking a career change.

  • Individuals seeking a deeper sense of purpose in their work.


The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

4.4 (167 reviews)

What is The Art of War about?

"The Art of War" is a timeless military strategy book that offers profound insights into the art of warfare. Written by an ancient Chinese military general, this influential text delves into various aspects of warfare, including tactics, leadership, and the importance of understanding one's enemy. With its concise and practical advice, this book has become a go-to guide for military strategists and business leaders alike, providing valuable lessons on how to achieve victory in any competitive situation.

Who should read The Art of War

  • Military strategists and leaders seeking timeless wisdom on warfare.

  • Business executives looking to apply strategic principles to their organizations.

  • History enthusiasts interested in ancient Chinese military philosophy.


Best Job Ever! Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life

by Dr. CK Bray

4.4 (11 reviews)

What is Best Job Ever! Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life about?

In this insightful and empowering book, Dr. CK Bray challenges readers to reconsider their career choices and redefine their definition of success. With a focus on personal fulfillment and happiness, he offers practical strategies and advice to help individuals revolutionize their lives and find their best job ever. Through engaging anecdotes and thought-provoking exercises, this book serves as a guide for anyone seeking to create a more fulfilling and rewarding career path.

Who should read Best Job Ever! Rethink Your Career, Redefine Rich, Revolutionize Your Life

  • Professionals seeking a fulfilling career change and increased personal wealth.

  • Individuals looking to transform their lives and find true happiness.

  • Ambitious individuals wanting to revolutionize their career and achieve success.


Small Giants

by Bo Burlingham

4.3 (199 reviews)

What is Small Giants about?

"Small Giants" explores the stories of remarkable companies that prioritize greatness over growth. Bo Burlingham delves into the journeys of these unique businesses, highlighting their commitment to fostering strong relationships, maintaining a positive work culture, and making a lasting impact on their communities. Through inspiring anecdotes and insightful analysis, Burlingham challenges the conventional notion that bigger is always better, offering a compelling argument for the power of small businesses to create extraordinary success.

Who should read Small Giants

  • Entrepreneurs seeking inspiration from successful small businesses.

  • Business owners looking to prioritize greatness over growth.

  • Individuals interested in alternative approaches to business success.


Run to Win

by Stephanie Schriock, Christina Reynolds

4.3 (70 reviews)

What is Run to Win about?

"Run to Win" is a powerful guidebook for women leaders who aspire to make a difference in the world. Written by Stephanie Schriock and Christina Reynolds, this book offers invaluable lessons in leadership, providing practical advice and inspiring stories from successful women who have shattered glass ceilings. From navigating political landscapes to overcoming obstacles, this empowering read equips women with the tools and strategies needed to create lasting change and achieve their goals.

Who should read Run to Win

  • Women seeking inspiration and guidance in their leadership journey.

  • Aspiring female leaders looking to make a positive impact.

  • Individuals interested in empowering women and promoting gender equality.