Lot 48: 5 books for the working woman

February 16, 2015

5 books for the working woman

today i have haley from the business of blonde taking over the blog while i travel home from san fransisco!! i love haley's blog!  it is so pretty and she writes with the goal to empower women and help them become strong leaders!! so today she is here to talk about books a working woman needs to read!  
I started with my company just over a year ago and have worked hard to move into management.I work for a major credit card company within their security department. I monitor accounts for suspicious activity, close down accounts with existing fraud, and investigate cases where we believe there is a stolen identity. I just completed a management training course and will soon be moving to become a supervisor in another department.  Given all my new responsibility, I’ve been reading through management/ leadership books nonstop and am so excited to share my top 5 with everyone!

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg - I really can’t say enough about this book. Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and is using this book to encourage more women to seek out those top executive positions. She talks about the differences in men and women and some things women can do to stand out and move up in their company.

Nice Girls Don’t get the Corner Office By Lois P. Frankel - Similar to Lean In, this book points out some things that may hinder women’s chances of getting promotions. The book begins with a survey that pin points areas of opportunity.

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney By Lee Cockerll - Not specifically for women, but one of the best business books I’ve read in a long time. Cockerll challenges you to look at your workplace from a different perspective and take initiative. He gives examples from his life working for both Disney and Marriott as a top executive.

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises,  Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior By Patterson, Kerry, Grenny, Joseph, McMillan, Ron,  and Switzler - I was given this book by a mentor at work and it helped develop my ability to have ‘tough conversations.’ It examines managers and employees from hundreds of different companies and talks about the best way to hold people accountable.

How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life By Joanna Barsh -  A business book based off of years of research that offers a different perspective on leadership styles and includes personal stories.  It focuses on the 5 elements of centered leadership- meaning, framing, connecting, engaging and energizing, and explains how these can help you succeed both in your career and in your life.

isn't haley wonderful?  check her out on facebook bloglovin twitter instagram and pinterest for more empowering ideas! hope you are all relaxing on this day off and thinking about presdent's..... ha! i know you aren't doing that!!! 


  1. I have heard about Lean In and have been meaning to read it! Thanks for the reminder ;)

  2. I read Creating Magic a few years back. AMAZING BOOK!

  3. I'd also recommend Womenomics, I really liked the practical tips that the book has. It doesn't just say "you should be able to have a career and family" it actually tells you how they have made it work.

  4. I've read Lean In and Nice Girls... and look forward to adding these others to my reading list - thanks for the recommendations!

  5. These sound like some great books that I should totally check out! Thanks!

  6. Thank you so much for this list! Creating Magic in particular sounds amazing--I have just placed several hold requests at my local library. Thanks!


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