8 Leadership Books Books For Women, By Women To Read In 2018

8 Leadership Books Books For Women, By Women To Read In 2018

Never stop learning and improving yourself — go on, pick up one of these book!

One thing that sets highly successful people apart from everyone else is their determination to keep improving. And that includes reading — specifically, leadership books for 2018.

Reading makes you more well-rounded, helps you reflect, and is also a relaxing and productive way to spend your downtime.

Wherever you are in your career, set yourself up for success with these leadership books for 2018.

1. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord

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As former chief talent officer of Netflix, Patty McCord has helped build the high-performing culture at the streaming giant. In Powerful, McCord writes about what she learned about recruiting, motivating, and creating great teams.

A firm believer in radical honesty and motivating people with challenging work, not perks and promises, McCord says that most companies handle their human resources all wrong.

2. Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts by Annie Duke

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Former poker champion Annie Duke's new book is all about looking at the odds and making the smartest decision possible, even when you aren't sure about the results. Duke advocates embracing uncertainty and becoming more confident, calm, and successful as a result.

3. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

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We can't write a list of best leadership books for 2018 without mentioning Lean In, which has pretty much cemented its status as a bible for women business leaders.

Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, writes about why men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions, presenting solutions to help women realise their potential. "I want every little girl who's told she's bossy, to be told instead she has leadership skills," Sandberg says.

4. Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World by Jennifer Palmieri

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Written by Hillary Clinton's former Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, Dear Madam President is a letter to the first woman president, and all women who are striving to rise to the top of their fields. Palmieri's book is full of advice for women everywhere.

5. A Good Time to Be a Girl: Don't Lean In, Change the System by Helena Morrissey

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It's been five years since the release of Lean In, and while society has made tremendous strides, we've still got a long way to go.

Instead of simply telling women to change the way act, Helena Morrissey proposes changing the way we work, live, and raise families. Her manifesto isn't just for women, but for everyone, as gender balance is essential for economic prosperity. A Good Time to Be a Girl will be coming out in May 2018.

6. Nice Girls (Still) Don't Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel

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For a decade, this New York Times bestseller has been lauded as a must-have for women in the corporate world. In this updated version, executive coach Lois P. Frankel writes about 130 behaviours that hold women back from achieving their full potential.

7. A Woman's Guide to Successful Negotiating by Lee E. Miller & Jessica Miller

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Father-daughter team Lee E. Miller and Jessica Miller wrote this book to help women learn how to finally ask for that long-deserved raise or promotion. With tips and techniques from women like Avon CEO Andrew Jung and Chairman of Hearst Magazines Cathie Black, this book can teach every woman to get what they want and deserve.

8. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

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The world's definition of success may not be the answer to a truly successful life, as Arianna Huffington realised when she collapsed from exhaustion. She writes that there's more to life than what's on our resumes, and calls us to look closely and reexamine the way we live, work, and love.


Which of these leadership books for 2018 will you be reading first? Let us know in the comments!

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