It's that time of year where we start thinking about goals and growth for the next 12 months, and one of the easiest (and most inexpensive) ways to grow personally and professionally is to load up our Kindles and get to reading the best business and personal development books.
There are so many career books out there, but what are the best career books for women to read in 2020?
Aside from Lean In (which don't get me started on), there are a bunch of books out there for women, but so many are superficial and offer no real advice or wisdom, which leaves you wondering: what the best career advice books & self-help books women should read?
In this post best books for career guidance to add to your reading list for success!
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But First, a Confession
In my early twenties, I would roll my eyes at business books; you can't learn how to do business in a book, amirite?
I was so incredibly naive.
Luckily, since then I've gotten a lot smarter and realized how important reading business and a professional development books is to career success. Books have so much to teach us - nd obviously the more that you read, the more you learn about the ditches that other people have fallen into so that you can avoid falling into those same ditches yourself.
Since on an annual basis, I now consume more books than water, I get asked a lot about what career books I would suggest for women. And since I'm asked this question so often I thought that I would just write this post (and shoot this video) about the books that I actually read on a regular basis and the ones that I recommend every woman should read.
Make sure you read all the way to the end because the last book that I'm going to mention is going to be the book that absolutely every woman who has any level of ambition in her career absolutely must-read. Now, if you're ready, go grab your coffee, and let's get right into it.
The Best Business Books for Women
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office by Lois P Frankel.
This book is one of the first women in business books that I ever picked up; quite honestly, I probably bought it because it was on sale at a bookstore. There was no other book that I can kick this list off other than this book because this is one that it honestly throughout my twenties it stayed on my nightstand.
It is basically 133 mistakes that women make it work that really hold them back at work (phew, that's a lot of mistakes). I know that that sounds overwhelming, but a lot of these are unconscious mistakes, or mistakes that are just common practice, that we don't really think about and actually can really hold us back in our career.
There are so many ways this book impacted me and my career: one of the simplest: from what I learned in this book I stopped using my short name professionally - I went from going as Jenni to Jennifer at work. I am also now hypersensitive about abbreviating or shortening others' names as a direct result of this book.
There are so many truth bombs and gems, and it has remained in circulation for this long because it is accurate and actionable.
Earlier in my career, I referred to it so frequently it lived on my bedside table. I lost my copy in a move, so I recently picked up the revised and updated copy; I haven't read it yet, but I'm excited to revisit it and because it's an older book I'm sure the revisions are probably very welcome as so much has changed in the past decade.
No matter what, this book is packed with lots and lots of great advice, and I think it's a lot of food for thought for professional women to make us more mindful, especially about our presence and how we're being perceived at work.
If you think you might be making some unconscious mistakes that are sabotaging your career, whoa Nelly, you need to read this book.
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor.
If you watched my how to stay positive at work video, you have heard me mention this one before... and I know that you're thinking,this is a career books for women list, what's a dude book doing on there?