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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Moody

Must-Read Books by Leading Female Executives

Updated: Apr 9

The business world is full of amazing women in top jobs who aren't just crushing it at work – they're also sharing their stories, lessons, and observations in books. 

These women and the books they write are inspiring others in the board room as well as in print. Just imagine: kick-butt women executives who challenge themselves to emerge as authors, dishing out the real talk about their journeys, what keeps them going, and the secrets to their success. These ladies aren't just writing for the fun of it; they're on a mission to empower others and break down barriers.

What’s one thing they have in common?  Well, these rockstar executives-turned-authors aren't just about personal victories. They're all about showing the world that anyone – no matter their gender – can rise to the top. By sharing their ups and downs, they're not just telling stories; they're creating a roadmap for the next generation of leaders, and up-leveling us all. 

We’ve compiled a list of books that's like a power-packed mentorship session – in the form of captivating stories and page-turning lessons. These books, all written by incredible female execs who have also been featured Wednesday Women, spill the tea on leadership, standing tall, and rocking it in the professional world. You’ll be hooked on tales of real-life triumphs and lessons – because these books aren't just page-turners; they're guides to owning your game in the business world.

Must-Read Books from Top-Tier Female Leaders

Abi Williams: 10 Traits of Great Leadership That Are Often Overlooked – Take Your Team to the Highest Peak of Productivity

This book will elevate your leadership game and transform your business impact, as it explores ten overlooked – yet crucial – traits of top leaders.  Use lessons in this book to appraise your current leadership proficiency and leverage the methods provided to supercharge your leadership impact. It’s time to take your team and business to the highest peak of productivity.

Lori Richardson: She Sells – Attract, Promote, and Retain Great Women in B2B Sales

Your roadmap to transformation, this book addresses the seismic shift in the sales landscape and sets companies up for success.  From hiring to sustaining diversity, this book offers actionable insights and practical tips to revolutionize your sales team. Each chapter includes a succinct ten-point tip sheet for putting Lori’s recommendations into action. 🙌

Brandi Starr:  CMO to CRO – The Revenue Takeover by the Next Generation Executive

Authored with fellow industry experts Mike Geller and Rolly Keenan, this book takes on the challenge of breaking silos and unlocking revenue growth. You'll learn how to pivot from marketing to revenue-based strategies, master seamless customer experiences, and position yourself as an innovative leader in today's competitive landscape.

Precious Williams: The Pitch Queen – A Woman's Journey From Poverty To Purpose & Profits

Just one of many books by this dynamic author, 'Pitch Queen' takes you on a journey from a troubled past to global success and shares the unfiltered tale (that she once swore she would take to the grave) of overcoming struggles and winning at life, love and business. From the #KillerPitchMaster, international professional speaker, three-time #1 bestselling author, and a respected corporate trainer - this is a must-read for anyone looking to overcome challenges and build resilience. 

Mita Mallick: Reimagine Inclusion – Debunking 13 Myths to Transform Your Workplace

From veteran DEI & thought leader, keynote speaker, podcast host, and co-author of #browntabletalk, this book delivers practical tips and advice on how to be a more inclusive leader. Because when we show up as more inclusive leaders, we have the power to change our organizations, ultimately creating a ripple effect across our ecosystem. 

Janice B.Gordon: Business Evolution – Creating Growth in a Rapidly Changing World

Have you ever wondered, “What is the purpose of my business?” Then pick up this book that will leave you with powerful tools and real-life insights to navigate change, discover your business's purpose, and foster growth. Packed with practical tools and real-life examples, it's a guiding light to adapt, grow, and confidently connect in our evolving global landscape, offering wisdom and strategies for businesses at any stage.

Lucia Kanter St. Amour: For the Forces of Good – The Superpower of Everyday Negotiation

This is a stylish, visually captivating guide to everyday negotiation, debunking myths, and making negotiation skills accessible to all. It’s a blend of practical advice and relatable storytelling empowers everyone, from business professionals to parents, embracing intellect and inclusivity in a compact, engaging read. If there’s the little black dress of negotiation literature, this book is it.

Bridgett McGowen: Real Talk: What Other Experts Won't Tell You About How to Make Presentations That Sizzle

Do you ever struggle with presentation jitters or engaging your audience? Are you looking to improve your presentation or published presence? Look no further. One of many fantastic books written by this award-winning professional speaker and author, Real Talk shares the secrets of delivering captivating webinars and presentations, handling tough audiences, tech glitches, and more. 

Christine Renaud: Effrontées

This book [in French language] is about about 21 audacious women from Quebec who at some point in their lives, decided to not submit to a world that wasn’t build for them. Instead, they built a new reality and transformed the lives of millions of others through their actions. 

Eugina Jordan: Unlimited – The Seventeen Proven Laws for Success in a Workplace Not Designed for You

Did you know in 2022, only 15% of top business positions were held by women? This book takes on that stat head on, as a lleadership book tailor-made for the underrepresented—women, immigrants, and people of color aspiring to become leaders in corporate America. Dive into real stories and insights from diverse leaders, that offer a roadmap to navigate corporate landscapes, elevate your leadership prowess, and empower others along the way.

Jennie Blumenthal: Corporate Rehab - Ditch the Hustle Culture and Thrive Again

Ever wondered if there's a way to thrive beyond the hustle? This bestseller redefines success for women everywhere and help them break free from the chains of hustle. Delve deep into the addiction of hustle culture among leaders and start charting your transformative recovery path. This book blends the author’s 20 years of experience navigating corporate life with the stories of 300 incredible women leaders from medicine, law, tech, business, and education. Together, they uncover a compelling journey that's both insightful and transformative.

Deidre Hudson: How the Fuck Did I Get Here: Words to My Former Self 

In this book, you’ll go on a daring journey to self-discovery and uncover three pivotal changes for a purposeful, intentional life. The book will inspire you to identify barriers, reclaim control, and craft your dream life. 🙌

Allison Walsh: She Believed She Could

Expert business consultant, international speaker and podcaster Allison Walsh delivers a practical and hands-on guide to evolving into the person you want to be. You'll tap into psychology, the science of happiness, wellbeing, and success – and pick up some actionable tools to elevate your mindset, enhance your confidence and create a clear success plan for your future.

Gauri Chawla: Heart-Centered Marketing

Jump into this fresh perspective on marketing that prioritizes authenticity, connection, and social responsibility. You’ll learn practical strategies for building relationships with your ideal audience, crafting a compelling brand story, and leveraging your unique strengths and values to stand out in a crowded marketplace.

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