Women face a variety of extra challenges on the road to success, but it’s heartening to know that success can be achieved.
Some indomitable women have proven that it is not only possible to become the top of their fields, but also that the priorities that motivate action can be re-defined, and goals can be transformed to match. There’s a lot to be learned from reading about their experiences, and they have plenty of advice to embolden the next wave of successful women.
So, what leadership wisdom do readers find most inspiring? To find out, the resume experts at resume.io used the ‘most highlighted’ feature in Amazon’s Kindle to find the most popular quotes in the best rated leadership books on Goodreads.
We have gathered 7 extracts from books by powerful women to share their wisdom with you.
You can find the rest of the list here.
1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Cain’s book explains how the unique skills and potential of introverts is often overlooked by a society that has grown to believe in an ‘Extrovert Ideal.’ She uses strong anecdotal evidence and examples of influential speakers who are actually introverts.
2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
As Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and one of Time magazine’s most influential people, Sandberg has a unique insight into the external, and internal, obstacles faced by working women.
3. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown
This best-selling book focuses on vulnerability and dealing with difficult emotions, suggesting a transformative practice that can help us become more balanced in leadership, relationships, and parenting.
4. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
Carol S. Dweck PhD is a hugely influential psychologist with a simple, but powerful, argument. Whatever your field or goals, adopting a growth mindset will help you to approach it in a healthy and effective way.
5. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes
In this revealing and funny memoir, the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal explains how being open to new opportunities, having a can-do attitude, and believing in oneself, has opened doors to her undeniable success.
6. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Amoruso’s journey from high-school dropout to being CEO of a successful online fashion retailer shows that the path to success isn’t always straight. This is a rallying cry for anyone who wants to chart their own course.
7. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown
The New York Times #1 best-seller uses a research-based approach to motivate readers to believe in their capabilities. What do leaders, culture shifters, and change makers have in common? They have the courage to take the lead.
These strong and influential authors each offer strong and valid perspectives on realising one’s potential and building the confidence to take control.
Which of these quotes motivates you the most?