8 Must-Reads for Working Women

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Now is an interesting time for women. We are breaking new barriers every day. But with each step forward come a few steps back. In devising this list, we considered the daily challenges of working women. And we believe that these books will teach you new skills, embolden you to do more and pump fiery passion through your veins.

Whatever your career path, there’s a book in here for you. So check out these eight must-reads for women in business:

(Forget A Mentor) Find a Sponsor: The New Way of Fast Tracking your Career

By Sylvia Ann Hewlett

With her excellent advice and candid writing style, Hewlett will transform your perspective on the power of effective networking. Learn to cultivate those key connections that will have your back for the entirety of your career.

Hewlett parses out the difference between a mentor and a sponsor, urging women to ditch their “lone wolf” mentality and learn to leverage the “power of the pack.” The seven-step exercise at the heart of this book will teach you to establish symbiotic relationships with your high-powered colleagues.

You’re a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

By Jen Sincero

This New York Times bestseller is the second book in Sincero’s You’re a Badass series. With a sassy and relatable tone, Sincero leverages her own experience of moving from financial hardship to high-flying success. If you’re an entrepreneur or freelancer, this book will teach you to transcend the problems and excuses that keep you from the wealth you deserve.

How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

By Sally Helgensen & Marshall Goldsmith

Leadership experts Helgensen and Goldsmith urge readers to take a critical look at their habits and behaviors in the office. How Women Rise offers practical solutions to the workplace problems, both big and small, that prevent you from getting the roles you want.

Are your habits advisable, or do you have some blind spots worth exploration? This page-turner will let you know.

In This Together: How Successful Women Support Each Other in Work and Life

By Nancy D. O’Reilly

This compelling collection of over 40 stories urges women of various industries to come together in support of one another’s successes. In This Together will challenge you to take an honest look at how you work with other women, sighting shocking studies to illuminate the realities of workplace discord.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs

By Grace Bonney

This compilation of over 100 exceptional women’s stories reads like a coffee table book. With beautiful imagery and uplifting anecdotes, Bonney synthesizes encouragement and advice from a wide range of professionals, including comedians, artists, media titans and architects.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

By Stephen R. Covey

This renowned classic has enlightened readers for over 25 years. It’s a book that everyone needs to read and own. Despite its age, 7 Habits has remained relevant and insightful, teaching you to cultivate key habits to set yourself up for the best future imaginable.

Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders

By Alice H. Eagly & Linda L. Carli

With candor, Eagly and Carli detail the difficulties women face in attaining senior roles. Published in 2007, this collaboration remains relevant to today’s work landscape, while also providing a retrospective look at the workplace problems that have served as a hindrance to working women for years.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

By Adam Grant

Originals offers a unique perspective on how to be a true innovator. Drawing from a myriad of sources such as case studies, politics and sports, Grant explains how to recognize good ideas and how to find your voice to share them.