This is a list of books to read while you are trying to learn how to be a leader in your business.
Are you about to become a boss for the first time? If so, then we salute you and wish you the best of luck. We all know how hard it can be to make your way in the business world, especially when you have no experience. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of must-read books every new boss needs to read.
The first step in becoming the sort of boss that other employees look up to is establishing a clear grasp on your own self-worth.
The writers of The Confidence Code investigate whether self-esteem is a fixed quality or something that can be improved. The good news is that it’s a hybrid of the two.
The book provides strategies for drowning out concerns about what others think so you can make decisions you believe in, both in and out of the office.
book 2: The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Given that Shonda Rhimes has created some of the most badass women in entertainment, such as Scandal’s Olivia Pope and Grey’s Anatomy’s Callie Torres,
it’s surprising that she was ever terrified of anything. In reality, she had allowed fear to confine her to a life of “no” whether in response to cocktail party invitations or talk show requests.
She didn’t understand how powerful she is until she learnt to say yes to the things that worried her.
Being vulnerable may sound like the opposite of being strong, but in reality the two are closely related.
Brown, a research professor specializing in the study of vulnerabilities and courage, explains that not opening oneself is an easy way to “miss the experience that gives meaning and purpose to our lives.”.
Great vulnerabilities come with great courage. So you need both when you lead the team.
book 4: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Kaling’s book delves into how she persuaded herself that she genuinely belonged in Hollywood, despite the fact that she didn’t look like the usual superstar starlet.
While you may not be in the same situation, chances are you’ll experience moments of self-doubt that make you wonder whether you’re competent to manage anybody.
This is when Kaling’s life lessons come into play.
Books 5: Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte
Even if you’re the kind of person who has only been insecure about yourself for approximately one day (jealous), being a boss may still throw you off balance in a variety of ways.
Specifically, suddenly having new responsibilities might eat away at your spare time.
Author Brigid Schulte delves into the science of feeling overwhelmed and how to stay calm at work while still enjoying life outside of the workplace.
Book 6: Thrive by Arianna Huffington
This book will assist you in rethinking how you assess success both your own and that of your employees with the final result of making everyone happy.
When a sleep-deprived Huffington fell and shattered her cheekbone, she recognized she didn’t want to live a weary existence fueled by the pursuit of achievement.
Instead, she decided it was time to reconsider what it meant to be successful. Sure, money is important, and power may be motivating, but she shows why living in a way that gives your life purpose is also important.
Book 7: Bossypants by Tina Fey
Fey’s book is filled with stories about her rise through the ranks of the entertainment industry.
One especially poignant section addresses “the myth of not enough” or the notion that women must compete with one another in the job because there isn’t enough room for everyone to be smart.
It’s also filled with anecdotes about her friendship with Amy Poehler, as if you needed another incentive to read it.
Book 8: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
There’s a reason this is a classic. Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, investigates why women are limited in their professions.
Of course, she discovers a plethora of reasons. Her bottom line is that there are several advantages to letting go of doubt and pouring yourself into your work life in order to eventually achieve where you want to be. Even better, she explains how.