Did you know that only 25% of senior executive roles in America are female? It’s a shame that although women make up half of the workforce, tons of companies still employee zero senior executives who are women. For those intelligent women out there who are in a place of leadership, we have come up with some great reads to keep you feeling empowered. Here are our team’s top 7 best books for females in a male-dominated industry.
The Corporate Dominatrix exposes the workplace for what it truly is: a social sadomasochistic wonderland — one in which some people have power and some do not, thus creating an unbalanced command-and-control dynamic. Robyn provides a compelling strategy for women to get their way at work by choosing the appropriate role to fit the particular situation, while always behaving in a professional manner that earns respect. Filled with examples and practical tips, this provocative business book will help every businesswoman advance to the position she wants and truly become the mistress of her domain.
Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business by Barbara Annis and Michael Gurian
This is a great read for any woman who wants to know the science behind gender and how it affects leadership and behavior in the workplace. Getting a better understanding of these things will help you to not only work more effectively but empathize with different people in different ways to further refine your leadership strategy.
New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace by Susan Packard
Susan is the co-founder of HGTV and a certified FEMtrepreneur. In this book, she talks about how to cultivate gamesmanship. This is a way of thinking regularly seen in the male-dominated sports industry. Its purpose is to develop creativity, focus, optimism, teamwork, and competitiveness. Packard teaches you the Ten Rules of Gamesmenship and how to use them effectively to rise to success as a woman when you’re surrounded by men.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
If you’re wanting a book that will ignite your ambition, this one is for you. This international bestseller is a funny and intelligent read that is sure to keep you on your toes, make you smile and empower you! The book focuses on self-growth and pushing you to your full potential via Sanberg’s success blueprint.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
If you’ve listened to Brenè’s TedTalk, you’ll be happy to read Daring Greatly, as it has a ton of her personality fused into it. If you need help delegating and loosening the reins, this book is for you. It is centered around the concept of vulnerability, which is something women have a lot easier of a time with than men, and how it can be leveraged to create success in business!
Nice Girls Don’t get the Corner Office by Lois Frankel
This book is best for the woman who wants a simple, quick guide to succeeding in the male-dominated world of business. Frankel helps you identify problems that you and every other businesswoman have experienced before and solve them with easy solutions that WORK. If you want to learn how to identify yourself as a STRONG & BOLD woman, which we’re sure you do, this one’s for you.
Breakdown, Breakthrough The Professional Woman’s Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose by Kathy Caprino
Thousands of professional women, though outwardly successful, find themselves in the midst of a crisis, believing that they’ve sacrificed meaning, fulfillment, and balance in their lives to achieve work-related success. Their lives feel unmanageable—and they are confused, blocked, overwhelmed and unable to move forward effectively. Kathy Caprino sheds light on this growing epidemic of disempowerment and shows women how to reinvigorate and reclaim their lives.
We know how difficult it can be to navigate the world of business when you’re a woman, and we believe in advancing women leaders and in the power of a diverse workforce. Our organization has empowered and mentored young women since the beginning. The best books for females in a male-dominated industry were handpicked by our team of amazing, business savvy women who have backgrounds in all industries. Get out there, start reading, and get empowered!