Every career professional needs an arsenal of tools to help combat your leadership journey.
Below are my top favorite career and business books of all times that have helped catapult my career
& a little “tea” on why I loved them.
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Leave Your Mark
by Aliza Licht
The Tea: This is a great career book for the non traditional career girl looking for great lessons and storytelling. Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience as a top fashion publicist, Aliza Licht shares advice, inspiration, and a healthy dose of real talk on how she got to the top.
Mistakes I Made at Work
by Jessica Bacal
The Tea: Not all mistakes are created equal; in this book it was refreshing to hear stories about bouncing back from low points. My main takeaway from this book was that nobody has it all figured it out. Even people at the very top have had failures. If you are feeling discouraged about career failures, this book is a pick me up for sure.
The Little Black Book of Success
by Elaine Meryl Brown
The Tea: I actually stumbled across this book years ago and downloaded it. I loved it so much, I purchased a hard copy for my collection. The book covers three powerful African-American female executives sharing ways to communicate thoughtfully, trust yourself, and exude self-esteem in the corporate sector. If you are on the journey of believing you deserve to be at the table, this is the book for you.
by Angela Duckworth
The Tea: The entire premises for the book is that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence of having “grit”. Duckworth says, “natural talent” is helpful, of course, but effort matters more. It’s not rocket science, just a reminder to practice how you play!
by Amy Cuddy
The Tea: Presence is all about how to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. If you are a professional who suffers from imposters syndrome this a good book for strategies on how to show up and be confident.
Cracking the Corporate Code
by Price Cobb
The Tea: This is literally one of my favorite books that I gift often to professionals of color. It shares the success stories of 32 African American Executives and it is both alarming and comforting to know the common themes of micro-equites and upward ability difficulties are uniquely shared but also overcome. This book will help you level up and affirm you are not alone.
by Susan Cain
The Tea: I read this book to help me better coach introverted leaders. Quiet is a tribute to all the introvert career professionals who are struggling to find their way in navigating relationships and connecting. If this is you, it’s a must read!
by Sheryl Sandberg
The Tea: Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its mere title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has a clear, relevant, necessary voice to the issues of leadership and equality for women and men and a understanding for parents working in and out of the home. If you are a women trying to balance it all or a man trying to be a ally for women, grab this book.
How Exceptional Black Women Lead
by Dr. Avis Jones Deweever
The Tea: Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever’s book was game changing for me. All the things that Sheryl Sandburg left out of Lean In (mainly because its a bit tone death to WOC) this books picks up and slam donks. This book brings together compelling research, hard data, and generously shared personal advice to unlock the secrets to exceptional success for today’s Black woman. I personally know Dr. Avis, and she is the real deal. You should buy this book!
Ego is the Enemy
by: Ryan Holiday
The Tea: Ego is the Enemy is perhaps the most straight forward book on the subject of “ego” and provides a truly humbling lesson on how to live a sober, stoic life that is outwardly focus rather than inward. You will not read this book without questioning moments in time where your ego has failed you. This book is a must have in your collection!
What I Know For Sure
by Oprah Winfrey
The Tea: Awwwh I just love Auntie O! What I Know for Sure, has an amazing goodness about it. The book is broken up into little vignettes of her accumulated wisdom throughout the years with themes like, “joy” and “resilience” as the title lead in. If you are someone obsessed with how people who are both amazing business leaders and humans think and grow, READ THIS BOOK!
Young Fabulous & Broke
by Suze Orman
The Tea: This book was gifted to me almost a decade ago and it instantly made me a super fan of Suze Orman. She has such a digestible way of presenting financial business advice for professionals that is easy for even the most immature. The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous and Broke is a go-to guide for basic strategy for your financial goals.
by: Kerry Patterson
The Tea: When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most.
Leaders Eat Last
by Simon Sinek
The Tea: As you pursue becoming a servant leader, this book is a great roadmap. It’s an insightful book about people behavior, social mindset, modern company cultures and how to overcome it by leading from the front.
Secrets of Six-Figure Women
by Barbara Stanny
The Tea: I’ve always been great at negotiating in my corporate career, which I pride myself in. However, I gained so much insight as a holistic business women and not just a corporate women from The Secrets of Six Figure Women. This book, (which was recommended by my friend Courtney) I purchased and listened to on audible but later purchased the book for my notes and personal collection. From entrepreneurs to corporate executives, from white-collar professionals to freelancers and part-timers, this book teaches how women are forging careers with considerable financial success.
by Sophia Amoruso
The Tea: If you are a career professional who just doesn’t feel like you’re fit for traditional career trajectory this book is for you. Sophia Amoroso’s story on how she went from rags to riches by following her instincts and passion and starting her iconic brand is not only beneficial, I laughed out loud a few times while reading.
Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office
by Lois P. Frankel
The Tea: This book is a oldie but a goodie. It’s a excellent read for women who battle with the fine line between being feminine and strong. Louis Frankel offers invaluable coaching tips you can easily incorporate into your social and business skills to identify you as someone with the power and know-how to occupy the corner office.
You Are Badass
by Jen Sincero
The Tea: This book is a must have. If everyone just knew they are the key to their success and no other variable will make a difference other than how you see yourself. If you are trying to get rid of your self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, buy this book (actually, buy two and give the other away)!
Year of Yes
by Shonda Rhimes
The Tea: Shonda is such a great story teller. This is another great book for my introverted professionals who just need the courage to say YES! Grab your wine and read this book in one weekend.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
by Robert Kiyosaki
The Tea: This book was gifted to me in college and literally changed my money mindset. I wish every young person received this book before life set in. This book is not simply about money, it’s about how we are taught to think; how we are programmed by schools, family, and friends to work, invest and earn money.
How to Win Friends & Influence People
by: Dale Carnegie
The Tea: Picked this up after hearing from a dear friend that I had to read it. It’s a great read full of antidotal quotes of his advice for managing relationships in this difficult digital age. It’s so relevant for the corporate space as you learn to manage upward and lateral.
Anti 9 to 5 Guide
by Michelle Goodman
The Tea: If you know you are ready to kick the 9 to 5 to the side and looking for a playbook to transition. This is your book! A fantastic read for all my “corpreneurs” looking to pivot and make your side hustle their main hustle.
by M.J. Ryan
The Tea: Habit Changers, literally helps you rewire your mental habits for the better. Executive coach M.J. Ryan shares the secret weapon that has helped her highest performing clients improve their focus, better manage under pressure, enhance their emotional intelligence, and become more effective leaders. Change your habit and it changes the game!
Refuse to Choose
by Barbara Sher
The Tea:If you are a “professional gypsy” who can’t seem to find satisfaction in your career or stay planted. This book will help you channel your hobbies, passions, and personal interest to fuel your career the right way.