Let me start by saying that not all of these books are considered your typical “business books”. They may or may not be found in business sections of the bookstore. They also may or may not be found in the self-help section of the store. Either way, they are good reads and can be applied to your business or working lifestyle. I chose books written by women because upon further research, there aren’t many. In fact, lots of lists on Good Reads and Amazon had women way down on the list (one didn’t feature a female author until #42 on the list). So… certainly enjoy and learn from  the Jim Collins, Seth Godin, and Malcolm Gladwells of the world, but also check out these awesome reads by women.

  1. girlboss cover#GIRLBOSS: I love that the title of this book is a hashtag. What’s even better is that it’s in all caps. If that alone doesn’t grab your attention, perhaps the story of a young girl (author Sophia Amoruso) will grab you. She runs the ship at Nasty Gal, online retailer that’s killin’ it with their captivating branding and appeal to the young lady at heart. A memoir of sorts, Sophia channels her inner youth (she’s still pretty young at age 29) and provides encouragement to the young, ambitious gal in you.

  2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead: It should be no surprise that this bestseller is on the list. Sheryl Sandberg has made quite a name for herself as the female face at Facebook. Her book goes in deep, challenging gender roles in the working world. Sometimes stating the obvious, other times bringing light to crummy double standards, her book speaks to everyone, not just CEOs and tech industry leaders.

  3. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder: Are you sensing a trend here? Top executive women with books deals… surprise! Arianna Huffington (of Huffington Post fame) wrote a book about work-life and balance between well-being and success. With an even deeper understanding about giving back and enriching your community through service, in this book Huffington finds balance in and out of the office. It’s all something we strive to achieve and her top-level female position makes for a unique perspective.

  4. Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War: Looking for a triumphant story? Want a bit of African history? Interested in another female leader who’s risen from nothing? Here’s your book. Leymah Gbowee is Liberia’s foremost known peace activist who started the women’s peace movement that led to Africa’s first female president. Peace as a catalyst for change is always a nice bonus but to know her actions, her determination, and the movement she started changed the course of history for an entire continent will give you inspiration for months.

  5. Bossypants: We all know Tina Fey is hilarious. We all know she writes funny scripts and screenplays. But do you know how she got that way? Her autobiography shares the funny anecdotes from early childhood to present day and only in the way Tina Fey can tell it. While poking fun at the sexism in the entertainment industry, Fey makes light of a serious subject. You’ll want to give her a standing ovation after it’s all said and done.

  6. Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business: At this rate, you’d think I had a thing for one word titles. The truth is, Zilch doesn’t need a long title. It’s all about doing the most with nothing. Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org, knows a thing or two about limited resources and applying it to businesses, regardless of their size. This isn’t so much a feel good story as it is a resource for your next venture. Whether you want to start a non-profit or have NO funding, Zilch gives you the resources to make it happen.

  7. Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream: If you want to know what it really means to take an idea and put it into practice, here’s your book. Whitney Johnson, like many, started on Wall Street, then took her business sense to the blogosphere. She’s got the business know-how down but what this book does is offer steps to put them into practice. She encourages you to dream a little dream and date your dream! Dating metaphors are always a hit with women, right?

What are some of your favorite business-like books by women?