6 Books Successful Millennial Women Should Read

If you have been following me for a while you know that I love my job and I love to read. I read a book every 1-2 weeks, because I'm constantly trying to learn new things and striving to stretch myself. I read a lot of business books, but I also read my fair share of cheesy soon-to-be-movie books, so I don't take myself to seriously. 
However, there are a few books I've found worth reading more than once. Here, you will find a list of books every success-craving woman should read. Some are curated for specific goals, while others are designed to fit each professional woman. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or well into your career, it’s always the right time to read of proven ways you can reach your life-long goals.




Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

The main message of Leaders Eat Last is simple -- the buck stops at the leader’s desk. In other words, those of us that lead may not always understand the impact that our leadership roles actually have on those we lead.The depth and breadth of leadership cascades down from the executive board to management, which in turn cascades down to the soldiers that march in and out of the battle field of the organization on a daily basis shaping the culture of the environment… which comes full circle back up to the one that leads, as a direct reflection of his or her leadership.

The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best

A key to success and leadership is knowing how to speak. Whether you anticipate reaching large audiences or a small conference room of employees, refined public speaking skills are imperative. From knowing what to wear to learning what and what not to do with your hands, author Christine K. Jahnke—a communicator who has advised such prestigious women as Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton—offers her advise on how to attain the overall package of being a well-spoken woman. As someone who is not a fan, nor naturally comfortable with public speaking, this book is imperative for anyone looking to improve their confidence and skills.


Bossypants


Don't knock it 'til you try it. You might think at first glance that this book is a glorified celebrity biography, but Tina Fey's story of how she started from the bottom and worked her way to creating and running one of the best shows on television (don't deny it) shows that you're no one until someone calls you bossy. If you're looking for a lighter introduction to personal growth and success, this is the perfect starter book. 




Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All


Tom Kelley, the author of one of my favorite books, The Art of Innovation, and his brother David Kelley, the founder of IDEO released this little powerhouse about unleashing the creativity that is within all of us. As someone who doesn't fancy herself "artsy" or "visionary", this book is fantastic for anyone looking to harness their creative potential in whatever shape or form that might be. It shatters the false belief that only some people are creative and provides a practical plan for finding your creative power. 


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead


You didn't think I'd leave this one off the list, did you? Lean In by Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg was, as cliché as it may sound, a life-changing book for me personally and professionally. This book tackles the myth that women can't "have it all" and have to choose between being a wife or a mother. In today's modern society, women are doing more than ever to maintain their successful careers and a happy home life. Sandberg's point--which affects all of us--is that women who have what it takes to succeed at the highest professional level face many obstacles, both internal and external.



Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge


Any woman who plans to become the CEO or CFO of a large company will find this book to be an incredibly beneficial read. Author Becky Blalock along with 28 other female leaders in corporate America offer indispensable advice and personal experiences on how they earned top positions in companies predominantly ran my men.

I hope you find something on this list that inspires you. I'm always on the hunt for new books as well, so I'd love to hear your favorites!
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