Best Books for Being a Girl Boss

There are more and more fabulous, brilliant and successful women rising to the top of their respective industries. Those with a story to share are putting pen to paper to the benefit of a wider population, so take advantage. All of their experience, wisdom and insight into making their way in a man’s world is now available to you! Accordingly, I have put together my list of top books for being the best girl boss you can be.

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

No bossy babe reading list is complete without Lean In. This is the place to kickstart your girl boss reading – learn all about Sheryl, gain a great appreciation for her hard work and the trail she blazed through Silicon Valley. 



#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

You may be familiar with #Girlboss thanks to Netflix’s recent series based on this book. Amoruso, creator of the Nasty Gal fashion empire, focuses on finding the rewarding aspect of your work, no matter whether you succeed or fail.


Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder – Arianna Huffington

In this book, Arianna Huffington focuses on the third metric, the one beyond money and power – taking care of yourself, your relationships. It is a combination of how to be a boss and how to be your best self.


The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

I loved this book so much, I sent a copy to my little sis. Being confident is a key ingredient for success, and this second Kay/Shipman masterpiece is a powerful push in the direction of being more self-assured.


Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office – Lois P. Frankel

Frankel is an executive coach with years on years of experience coaching women to reach their full potential. This book is packed full with over 100 mistakes commonly made by women and gives constructive advice as to how to avoid them!


Queen Bees and Wannabes – Rosalind Wiseman

Queen Bees and Wannabes was the literary inspiration for the movie Mean Girls (a personal fave for sure). But this book isn’t just about how to deal with mean girls in high school. The lessons apply beyond the world of cliques and prom queens, going all the way up to the boardroom. 


Mistakes I Made at Work – Jessica Bacal

I am not going to lie – hearing about ways people screw up makes me feel so much better about myself. That is why this book is an absolute gem. A compilation of stories from women at the very top of their careers  write all about the times they messed up at work. Luckily, we get to benefit from their mistakes.


When She Makes More: 10 Rules for Breadwinning Women – Farnoosh Torabi

As the breadwinner in my former relationship, this book hit close to home. According to various studies, these women face much higher risk of divorce, infidelity and burnout. This book talks about income imbalance, the effect on a marriage and the family dynamics while giving women a newfound appreciation and understanding of how to manage and thrive in such circumstances.

Secrets of Six-Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change Your Life – Barbara Stanny

Stanny, a motivational speaker and financial educator, compiles stories of over 150 female professionals earning between $100,000 and $7 million a year. In doing so, she outlines a step by step guide to increasing your income and understanding the strategies for success.


Happy reading, my favorite boss babes!

PS – if you missed it – click here for my top reading recommendations if you or anyone you know is considering a complete shake up in their professional life plan!

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