7 Books To Read If You’ve Made It Into The C-Suite

From cultivating mindfulness and creativity, to inspiring innovation and productivity using feminine leadership styles, here are the seven books every woman in the C-suite needs to read.

By Lara Robertson


From cultivating mindfulness and creativity, to inspiring innovation and productivity using feminine leadership styles, here are the seven books every woman in the C-suite needs to read.

By Lara Robertson

Welcome to the C-suite. (And if you’ve been here a while, welcome back.) To help you stay sane through this challenging but rewarding time, here are seven books that will give you the skills and know-how to embrace feminine leadership styles, cultivate mindfulness and creativity, and be an inspiring, innovative and successful leader.


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates You by Daniel H. Pink

Drive tells you to forget everything you think you know about motivating others – because it’s wrong. Pink argues the “carrot and stick” approach adopted by many businesses – that is, offering pay rises and punishments to encourage good behaviour – isn’t actually that effective, and encourages employees to take shortcuts. Drawing on four decades of scientific research, Pink argues that the secret to improving performance and motivation is focusing on three elements: autonomy, mastery and purpose.


Creating Mindful Leaders: How To Power Up, Power Down, And Power Forward by Joe Burton

This book should be required reading for everyone, but it’s perfect for leaders who want to reduce stress, achieve greater success and enjoy life. Joe Burton, a global COO turned successful tech entrepreneur, lays down how to achieve greater resilience, happiness, and health in a world that is increasingly demanding more. Creating Mindful Leaders explores the sources of stress in modern life and provides practical tools to improve wellbeing.


From The CEO’s Perspective: Leadership In Their Own Words by Teri Citterman

At a time when nearly 60 per cent of companies in the US are facing a leadership talent shortage, Teri Citterman asked 20 top CEOs from companies including JP Morgan Chase and NBC what they are doing to develop future leaders. Sharing their own experiences about what it means to be a leader, as well as their top leadership traits, From The CEO’s Perspective will inspire you to become a more thoughtful, deliberate and effective leader.


Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World by Adam Grant

In Originals, psychologist Adam Grant champions the idea of improving the world by challenging the status quo. Blending science and the stories of creative individuals as diverse as the TV executive who saved Seinfield to the woman who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, Grant will teach you how to recognise a good idea, speak up, manage fear and doubt, nurture originality, as well as how to create workplace cultures that encourage dissent.


Women Leading by Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair

This book completely destroys the longstanding assumption that women need to lead like men in order to be successful. Drawing on the latest research, their own experiences, as well as those of many female leaders throughout history, Christine Nixon and Amanda Sinclair argue women’s unique approach to leadership can actually inspire innovation, inclusivity, and productivity. Women Leading will make you rethink what it means to be a leader and encourage you to step up and lead your own way.


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

Drawing on scientific research, as well as her own experiences as the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, Arianna Huffington’s candid memoir Thrive redefines what it means to be a great leader. After suffering a bad fall due to sleep deprivation, Huffington was forced to reconsider her attitude to success. Instead of measuring success solely in terms of money and power, she argues that it’s also important to include our well-being, wisdom and wonder.


Forgotten Women: The Leaders by Zing Tsjeng

Forgotten Women: The Leaders profiles 48 women whose achievements have been largely overlooked by the history books. From Sylvia Rivera, who spearheaded the modern transgender movement, to Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, Forgotten Women: The Leaders is a great educational read for all ages and genders, but is perfect for any woman in a leadership role who is in need of some inspiration.

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