Climbing up the ladder of corporate success is usually not that easy. Working in a fast paced environment and dealing with people in the workplace - from bosses and clients to subordinates and colleagues - can be challenging at the best of times.
To encourage you and give you a gentle nudge of motivation, we've complied a list of must-read books of some of the most inspiring advice from successful women on a business arena.
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, by Kari Taylor
This book, written by a senior director, focuses on the ways that women impede their career opportunities by conforming to societal archetypes about how women should behave. This book is important to read for women who are struggling to get ahead in the workplace but can't work out why; odds are it's to do with underlying power relations and inequalities that exist right in their workplace, even if not readily visible.
Games Mother Never Taught You, by Betty Lehan Harragan
The book written by a successful businesswomen who was a always the only women in the room, touches the topic of gender inequalities in the corporate world, and focuses more on entrepreneurship, social justice and women's leadership - 3 crucial issues tightly linked with each other.
Monica's Story, by Monica Lewinsky
The book, as originally intended by Monica Lewinsky, is to help everyone to deal with public humiliation. She admits when news of her affair with Clinton broke in 1998, not only was she arguably the most humiliated person in the world, but was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet. Her current goal, she says, "is to get involved with efforts on behalf of victims of online humiliation and harassment and to start speaking on this topic in public forums."
Mean Girls at Work: How to Stay Professional When Things Get Personal, by Kathryn Crowley and Kathi Elster
Women can be complex in a workplace - sensitive and emotional on one side and fierce and competitive on the other. This book gives very detailed ideas on how to work with difficult personalities in a workplace and is an excellent look into perception of human relationships and psychology.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, by Malcolm Gladwell
The book goes over principles for viral marketing and how small but well-thought out campaigns, promotions or even discussions can trigger a huge response from customers and a huge variance in sales and overall company performance. This book is definitely worth a look for women involved in the marketing industry.
The 10 Laws of Enduring Success, by Maria Bartiromo
Written by a highly experienced and successful businesswoman, the book details her personal struggles of breaking down barriers and inequalities in her working life and focuses on the ethics, work approach and philosophy that helped her succeed in her business life. It's worth looking into for women who want to know stories of real-life adversity faced by women and how such adversity was overcome.
Leading From the Front, by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch
Written by two businesswomen who used to be captains in the US Marine Corps, this book encourages women to use tactics that play to their unique strengths when in leadership roles. Given that it features the advice of two women who were successful in a heavily male-dominated environment, it's worth investigating for women who want to succeed in other male-centred industries.
A Whole New Mind, by Daniel H. Pink
The book is definitely worth a read for women looking to field successful communication strategies in the workplace. It talks about the fact that workplaces are increasingly adopting right-brain oriented approaches to decision-making processes, and that both men and women who are able to combine emotional control and calm thought-processes with feelings and thoughts will ultimately be the most successful in the workplaces of the future.
Women Don't Ask, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever
This book is a must-read for women who struggle to achieve their goals in day-to-day office interactions with bosses and colleagues. The core of the book is that women on the whole tend to be more reserved and less likely to negotiate their terms with others, and that this contributes to a lot of missed opportunities in the workplace. If you're looking for a promotion or to get some leverage in your organisation, it's definitely worth checking out this gem on self-confidence and assertiveness in women.
On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl's Guide to Personal Finance, by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar.
From corporate directors to housewives, it is very important for every women needs to know how to manage money. This book presents helpful guide for finance management in the most accessible way. It's easy and fun to read and full of simple tips, rules and formulas that don't take a lot of time. Useful for everyone in order to feel much more in control of one's own finances-and thefuture-because of it.