Which lady boss book should be your new career Bible?
Career advice, life advice: These 10 books have both
Odds are if you’re trying to make the most out of your life and career, you want to seek wisdom from women whose particular brand of success you admire. Lucky for us, many of the most accomplished women in the game have written books about how they got where they wound up. In fact, right now there is a whole crop of new reads that delve into career tips and life advice. We’ve broken down a few of our favorites so you can find the guide that’s right for you. Now, go forth and conquer your career.
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Who is Sheryl? Lean In author, Facebook COO, general badass.
What's her ethos? "Life is never perfect. We all live some form of Option B."
Who is this book for? For those who have experienced tragedy—Sheryl's own husband died unexpectedly in 2015—and are looking to find meaning and joy again.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? If "Option A is not available" then make sure you "kick the shit out of Option B."
Who is Tiffany? Chief Leadership Officer at Levo, basically on every "powerful women" list, dedicated to advancing women and girls.
What's her ethos? Go ahead and "drop the ball." You really, truly can't do it all.
Who is this book for? Women putting enormous pressure on themselves to make both their home and work lives perfect—moms in particular.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Women need to know that it is perfectly okay for us to do 50 percent of what's currently on our to-do lists."
Who is Nicole? Television anchor, author, money-saving expert, and businesswoman.
What's her ethos? Be bold, obsessed, self-aware, and strong (which is also an acronym for "boss").
Who is this book for? The woman who is finally ready to be her own boss—and who wants encouragement via motivational curse-laden speeches and number-crunching.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Hustle like there's no tomorrow."
Who is Sallie? Ellevest CEO, entrepreneur, Wall Street titan, often the only woman in the room.
What's her ethos? "You already have the qualities and skills it takes to get ahead in the modern workplace." "In knowing those qualities, you have more power and potential than you realize."
Who is this book for? Women in the workforce who are looking for an empowerment talk.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Women possess six distinct strengths that can make our companies stronger, more profitable, and in turn better places for us to work: a healthy risk awareness, the ability to see things holistically (and thus manage complexity), our relationship focus, a longer-term perspective, a love of learning, and a drive for impact and meaning."
Who is Caroline? A writer and very recent Princeton grad.
What's her ethos? "The first year out of college is a hard year. For me, it was the hardest year. It helps to know it's hard for everyone else, too."
Who is this book for? College students who thought they had their whole lives planned out, only to realize they never seriously thought about what happens afterwards.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? You're not alone if after college you have feelings of "confusion, self-doubt, and isolation." Hate to break it to you, but that's the norm.
Who is Ann? Former editor-in-chief of Seventeen, part of the team that launched CosmoGIRL, millennial enthusiast.
What's her ethos? Embrace the messiness of life—there is no such thing as work-life balance.
Who is this book for? Women in their twenties who are just getting their careers moving and need to be reminded that their aspirations for a "big life" are totally valid, and that hard work pays off. Also, anyone who wants to hear from someone who made it work in media.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Get a job, any job." "Listen to everything." "Volunteer for everything." "Work for a startup." Oh, and "work for a legendary brand" too.
Who is Kim? Candor, Inc. CEO and co-founder, author, committed to workplace honesty and humanity.
What's her ethos? "At the very heart of being a good boss is a good relationship."
Who is this book for? Bosses who are trying to get the most from their employees and still feel like real people.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "The best way to begin transforming your workplace is to think hard about why you want to make the change, and then to hold on to those ideals as you identify the specific things you can begin to do differently."
Who is Emily? Writer, editor, brainiac, and meaning enthusiast.
What's her ethos? "Meaning and happiness can be at odds."
Who is this book for? Those who are looking for something beyond happiness.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "The more one forgets himself—by giving himself to a cause to serve or another person to love—the more human he is."
Who is Alex? Crowdfunding savant and founder of her own creative services agency.
What's her ethos? "I never turned down work. I kept taking on clients, and at some point, I started feeling like I actually knew what I was doing."
Who is this book for? Anyone trying to figure out how to fund their ideas (this book's got steps!).
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Be informed, stay focused, plan like crazy, give it [y]our all, and then go for it."
Who is Lilly? YouTube star, comedian, entrepreneur, actress, bawse.
What's her ethos? "Success, happiness, and everything else that feels great in life have no escalators. There are only stairs."
Who is this book for? People who want to laugh while also getting tutored on how to take life by the, er, cojones.
What's this book's biggest takeaway? "Don't just try to pass your classes; try to ace them. Don't just aim to pay your bills; save enough to travel. I don't want you to write a script just to see a movie get made; I want you to win an Oscar. That's the difference between settling like a survivor and conquering like a bawse."
From: Elle USA