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5 Books for Women Leaders to ace their businesses

By Lionel Alva

Diverseness has become essential for businesses today. The new normal has ushered in an era of greater inclusion. A diverse workforce and leadership, with more women leaders, can help bring out the best in an organization and unlock its true potential. Today, women business leaders have taken great strides to achieve business success: The journey for them has been anything but easy, and learning to deal with setbacks has tested the mettle of every entrepreneur and business leader.

For business leaders, garnering timely insights can be the key to pivoting their business towards success that is sustainable in the long run. This is why we have curated a list of books, based on insights from Fora Financial, that can help you get the business momentum you seek.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur

This book by life coach Cara Alwill Leyba, which is often compared to other “female power” publications highlights the significance of women empowering one another. Wisdom, according to the author is supposed to be shared, and women need to empower each other. Leyba’s message is profoundly impactful in a world that frequently puts women against one another. Undoubtedly, any individual’s success,  be they a man or woman, levies greatly on their environment and ecosystem. An ecosystem that encourages success shall consequently lead to more successful business leaders.

Option B

Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book may offer solace to women leaders who have faced setbacks in their personal or professional lives. Her first book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” sparked debate with its radical views on balancing work and motherhood.

Now, the Facebook COO is speaking up about her husband’s untimely death in 2015. Sandberg, like her first book, is using her personal struggles to encourage others. She depicts how things with life and business, like the current pandemic shows, never go according to plan. Life is never quite perfect and Option B is an engaging, encouraging, and compelling narrative.

The Confidence Code

Exuding a confident and strong personality has become the insignia of many women business leaders today. Nonetheless, certain people may be prone to harmful tendencies such as perfectionism or strong risk aversion.

Shedding light on self-doubt and its underlying machinations, the book delves into the facets that hold women back in their careers.  Many female company owners are already strong, confident personalities in their communities due to the nature of their work. Certain people may be prone to harmful tendencies such as perfectionism or a strong risk aversion. This is not a book for everyone but is instead geared towards those who seek to get the mindset towards being a woman business leader right from the get-go.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond

Countless studies have proven that women in business are more afraid of failure than their male counterparts. This anxiety frequently emerges in self-sabotage, such as quitting up too soon or failing to apply for well-deserved promotions. If you don’t learn how to combat this feeling, you may hurt your business prospects in the long run. Elizabeth Gilbert,  the best-selling author of “Eat Pray Love,” has already spoken out about overcoming her fears. “Big Magic” is her guide to living a more creative and meaningful life, regardless of your profession. In many ways, running a business can be an enriching and enthralling experience that is akin to an adventure of a lifetime.

Drop the Ball

This is the go-to book for women leaders who struggle with maintaining a work-life balance. This book distinguishes itself from other best-selling business books for women by highlighting that one can have it all.  Indeed, Levo’s Chief Leadership Officer, Tiffany Dufu, the author of the book, advises women to ‘drop the ball’.

Her moving memoir details her own difficult journey of running a business while also raising a family. She shows how one does not have to do it all to be successful, and how avoiding burnout will help achieve one’s goals.

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