As women aspiring to become leaders, looking up to other successful women in business and listening to their authentic voices can be hugely empowering for us.
In their struggles and vulnerabilities, we find our own self. In their setbacks and failures, we find our own strength.
Here are three books written by women in business to inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Barbara Corcoran quit her job as a diner waitress and built a 6 billion-dollar real estate brokerage company in New York City from a $1,000 she borrowed from her boyfriend.
Today, she’s a Shark Tank star, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist and author. In her book Shark Tales, she traces her journey of going from failing at 22 jobs to building a billion-dollar business.
If you’re someone looking for the ins and outs of starting a business from scratch, then Shark Tales is the handbook you shouldn’t miss.
Anita Roddick was a human rights activist, environmental campaigner, and founder of the popular skincare line, The Body Shop. In her bestselling book Body and Soul, she shares her unconventional leadership style (like not hiring anyone from Harvard) that built a rival for industry leaders like Revlon and Estée Lauder.
Her vision and passion for building an environmentally conscious brand is perfect for people looking to establish a business with an emphasis on social responsibility.
Sheryl Sandberg served as the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and became the first woman to get elected to their Board of Directors. In Lean In, she takes from her career experience and sheds light on how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers.
Her book is a push in the right direction for all women on the path of higher pursuits, and she encourages others to take a seat at the table, and seek challenges that can push them forward.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.