This was originally posted on Lot 48.
I started with my company just over a year ago and have worked hard to move into management. I work for a large financial institution and recent transferred over from out credit card division to a supervisor position within our student loans division. In order to prepare myself for this role I read business books nonstop, as I still do. I wanted to share my top 5 with you guys!!
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.
What are your favorite business books? I’m always looking for more to add to my reading list!