Inspirational Books for the Career-Driven Woman

We can all use a little advice and wisdom from those with more experience than ourselves from time to time. However, the advice that works for male professionals might not always be as applicable for women. We have very unique challenges, particularly professionally, and many of us desire to read about how other women have overcome these challenges. There are plenty of great books out there for the motivated professional woman to find inspiration off the clock.

Here are five recently published inspirational books, written by and for dedicated, career-driven women. Click on the book’s title to read more and purchase.

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

You may have already heard of #GirlBoss by Nasty Girl founder Sophia Amoruso — maybe you’ve read the book, or you’ve seen the quickly-canceled Netflix series. Either way, this is a popular rags-to-riches story. It’s been hailed as Lean In for misfits — we’ll talk about Lean In momentarily — and follows Amoruso from her teenage years spent hitchhiking and eating out of dumpsters through the establishment of her brand. 

It’s an inspirational story for any motivated woman who has spent her life thinking and working outside of the traditional box. It just goes to show that an expensive college degree or a prom queen crown don’t determine how successful you can be.

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

This might not be the most recent inspirational book — it was published in 2013. But Lean In is still one of the best books for the professionally-driven woman written in the last 10 years. In 2010, Sandberg gave a TED talk about why we have too few women in leadership positions. It’s worth a watch if you’ve got 15 minutes to spare, but if you don’t have the time, here’s the gist — Sandberg suggests that women are unintentionally holding themselves back from those top positions in their fields. 

Her book, Lean In, picks up where the TED talk left off, with advice, inspiration and tips to help women climb those corporate ladders and secure a position at the top.

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make that Sabotage Their Careers by Lois. P Frankel

They say that nice guys finish last in relationships, but this book by Lois P. Frankel proves nice girls don’t always get ahead, either. Published in 2004, this book focuses on the behaviors we all have — including things we don’t even realize we do — that can throw a wrench into our career plans. Many of these actions are things we learn as children — habits we’ve completely forgotten about until they come back and bite us. 

Frankel’s book explains 101 of these behaviors, along with tips and tricks to help you recognize them in yourself and learn how to change them. 

Women in Tech: Take Your Career to the Next Level with Practical Advice and Inspiring Stories by Tarah Wheeler Van Vlack

Tech positions are among the fastest growing careers in the world. In spite of this, women hold only 5% of leadership positions in tech-related fields and only own 5% of tech start-ups. Women in Tech is hoping to change that by collecting stories, advice, and anecdotes from some of the most successful women in the profession. The author is the CEO of a tech startup and has collected stories and advice from other successful women in the field. It also includes tidbits about things like writing resumes to get into tech fields, how to ace your interview, and how to negotiate for the best salary. 

Women in Tech is a must-read for women already in the field, for those who are considering changing their careers, and even for teens and high school students who are considering going into the industry once they’ve graduated.

Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba

There are more and more female entrepreneurs entering the workforce every year, but running your own start-up is still often more difficult for a woman than it might be for a man with the same skills. 

That’s what Girl Code is all about — finding your niche and exploiting it, whether that means starting a new business or setting up a side hustle while you stick to your day job. It boosts your confidence in yourself, but also encourages sharing your successes and secrets with fellow female entrepreneurs to lift each other up. Girl Code is all about the power of connecting with your fellow female CEOs. 

Whether you’re trying to climb the corporate ladder, break into the tech industry or start a new side hustle, these books can provide the advice and inspiration you need to make sure all your endeavors are as successful as possible.

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Kate Harveston is an online journalist with a Bachelors degree in English. She really enjoys writing about feminism and women's issues, but has written on a wide variety of other topics as well. For more of her work, visit her at Only Slightly Biased.