#LLACareerToolkit – 5 Career Books Every Leading Lady Must Read

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Achieving the career of your dreams is possible with the right counsel, positive mindset and hardworking attitude. Even when the leading ladies in your sector are inaccessible to guide you, books are one of the best sources for career advice. 

According to Charles W. Eliot, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” We have put together a list of 5 career books to guide you on your career journey. 

These books are valuable to guide you if you want to kickstart your career,  take your career to the next level, find a balance between your personal life and career, and also help you to work your way to the C- Suite.

The author of these books shares their valuable experiences and insights for advancement in the workplace.  Take a look at these great reads!


Expect to Win: 10 Proven Strategies for Thriving in the Workplace by Carla Harris

Carla Harris, one of the most successful and respected women in business, shares advice, tips, and strategies for surviving in any workplace environment. While climbing the corporate ladder, Harris had her own missteps and celebrated numerous victories.

She vowed that when she reached senior management, and people came to her for advice, she would provide them with the tools and strategies honed by her experience.

 “Carla’s Pearls” have become the centrepiece for her many speeches and television appearances.  Expect to Win is an inspirational must-read for anyone seeking battle-tested tools for fulfilling their true potential.




The Mother of All Jobs: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish) by Christine Armstrong

 A manifesto for the working parent, The Mother of All Jobs draws on the wisdom of working women everywhere to help parents navigate the modern world of work. Christine Armstrong is a writer, speaker and adviser to business leaders on the future of work.

Armstrong shares humorous and honest insights into the realities of juggling parenthood and careers, to help guide the next generation of working parents in the UK.  While the demands of work are increasing with longer working hours and more pressure to remain ‘switched on’ to our phones and computers, the needs of our children and the world of school and childcare have stayed the same. Something has got to change before we all reach the breaking point.

The Mother of All Jobs brings together the wisdom of women who opened up about their experiences into a manifesto to help working parents thrive.


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg reignited the conversation around women in the workplace. Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and co-author of Option B with Adam Grant. 

Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfilment, and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.

Written with humour and wisdom, Lean In is a revelatory, inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.


Reinventing You by Dorie Clark

Reinventing You, With a New Preface: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future.

Are you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, Reinventing You, now in paperback with a new preface, provides a step-by-step guide to help you assess your unique strengths, develop a compelling personal brand, and ensure that others recognize the powerful contribution you can make.

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and professional speaker who teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Branding expert Dorie Clark mixes personal stories with engaging interviews and examples from Mark Zuckerberg, Al Gore, Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, and others to show you how to think big about your professional goals, take control of your career, and finally live the life you want.



How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job By Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Ready to take the next step in your career . . . but not sure what’s holding you back? Read on

This book will help you overcome the twelve habits holding you back and take your career to new heights with this wise and approachable guide from two business leadership experts.

Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers — men and women — to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won’t get you there . . . and you might not even realize your blind spots until it’s too late.


These are great books that you should add to your bookshelves! You can find these books on Amazon.  We hope these books will guide you to create the career you’ve always dreamed of.

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