60 Strategy & Leadership Books Written by Women

60 Strategy & Leadership Books Written by Women

 60 Strategy & Leadership Books Written by Women

 
A few weeks ago, I tripped across Richard Branson's list of 70 Must Read Books. It's an excellent list but I noticed the lack of women authors and I commented on that, which led to a long stream of recommendations
In my domain of business, strategy, and leadership I've also noticed a gap in women authors and I thought it was worthwhile to compile a list that was not books targeted at women but books about strategy and leadership that happen to be written by women. There is some cross-over; obviously, the experience of being a woman in leadership today provides an experience worth discussing, but that is not the predominant focus of this list.

So here you are: 60 books about strategy and leadership, written by women and listed in no particular order so as not to overemphasize any one of them.
  1. Mindset, Carol Dweck 
  2. Blue Ocean Strategy, RenĂ©e Mauborgne 
  3. 101 Reasons to Get Out of Bed, Natasha Milne 
  4. In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules, Stacy Perman 
  5. Lean In & Option B, Sheryl Sandberg 
  6. The Change Masters and Confidence and many others, Rosabeth Moss Kanter 
  7. Groundswell, Open Leadership & The Engaged Leader, Charlene Li 
  8. Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World and others, Margaret Wheatley  
  9. Rising Strong, Brene Brown 
  10. Nimble, Focused, Feisty: Organizational Cultures That Win in the New Era and How to Create Them, Sara Roberts 
  11. Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry, Jean Greaves, Tom Parks 
  12. Key to Yourself, Dr. Venice Bloodworth  
  13. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain 
  14. Think Like a Leader, Herminia Ibarra 
  15. Slide-ology and Resonate, Nancy Duarte 
  16. Presence, Amy Cuddy 
  17. The Shift, Hot Spots, The 100 Year Life, Lynda Gratton  
  18. The Signals are Talking, Amy Webb 
  19. Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O'Neil The 
  20. Confidence Game, Maria Konnikova 
  21. The Moonshot Effect, Kate Purmal and Lisa Goldman 
  22. Branding Pays, Karen Kang 
  23. The End of Competitive Advantage and many more, Rita Gunther McGrath. 
  24. Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality, Lori Greiner of Shark Tank fame. 
  25. Multipliers, Liz Wiseman 
  26. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Ducksworth  
  27. Radical Candor, Kim Scott 
  28. I'd Rather Be In Charge, Charlotte Beers
  29. Think Like A Negotiator, Eldonna Lewis Fernandez 
  30. ROAR: How to Build a Resilient Organization, Sandy Asch 
  31. Bridge Builders, Maria Keckler 
  32. #Value, Dr. Betty Uribe 
  33. Leading by My Ponytail, Karen M. Walker and Julie Ducharme  
  34. Purpose Driven Leadership: Building and Fostering Effective Teams, Brigette Hyacinth  
  35. Business as Unusual and others, Anita Roddick 
  36. Thanks for the Feedback, Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone 
  37. The New Social Learning, Marcia Conner 
  38. Show Your Work, Jane Bozarth 
  39. Darling, You Can't Do Both, Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk 
  40. How to Wow, Francis Cole Jones 
  41. All the Leader You Can Be, Suzanne Bates 
  42. Profit from the Positive, Senia Maymin & Margaret H. Greenberg  
  43. Awakening Compassion at Work, Jane Dutton and Monica Worline 
  44. Leading so People Will Follow, Erika Andersen 
  45. Winning Well, Karin Hurt & David Dye. 
  46. It's Not Rocket Science: 7 Game Changing Traits For Uncommon Success, Mary Spio 
  47. Unfinished Business, Anne-Marie Slaughter 
  48. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance The 
  49. Transformational Consumer, Tara-Nicholle Nelson 
  50. Thick Face Black Heart, Chin-Ning Chu 
  51. A to Z: Your Navigator to Success, Joanna Thompson  
  52. Rising to the Challenge, My Leadership Journey by Carly Fiorina 
  53. Shift Into Thrive, Lynn Schmidt, PhD & Kevin Nourse, PhD 
  54. Rookie Smarts, Liz Wiseman 
  55. The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs
  56. Engaging Emergence: Turning Upheaval into Opportunity, Peggy Holman 
  57. Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There, Morra Aarons-Mele 
  58. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik 
  59. The New IT: How Technology Leaders are Enabling Business Strategy in the Digital Age, Jill Dyche 
  60. Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, Jane McGonigal
The Author: Rachel Happe 
 
                                    Rachel Happe
About:
Rachel has spent the last 20 years helping organizations implement emerging technologies to advance their business strategies.   She understands how networked communications environments can transform how people work, their productivity and their personal satisfaction by aligning their passions, skills and relationships.  Rachel co-founded The Community Roundtable to support business leaders developing their community and social business strategies. 
 
Clients including SAP, Aetna, BASF, CA, H&R Block, and CSC benefit from Rachel’s ability to make sense of abstract trends and her ability to see the implications that technical and operational decisions can have on people and processes. You can find out more at http://www.communityroundtable.com  During her career, Rachel has served in analyst, product management, product marketing and executive roles.  
 
Skills & expertise: Business strategy, community management, social business, social media marketing, product management, product marketing; product and market positioning, requirements gathering and definition, market research, cross-functional team management, facilitation of executive decision making, product design and prototypes, product launch, product collateral development, sales tool development, sales coaching, voice of the customer analysis, process design and implementation, and new product business plan development.

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