If you’re looking for a last-minute gift for that girl boss in your life, why not send her one of our favorite books for the entrepreneurs in your life? These favorites will inspire, energize and motivate those dreamers who are building businesses and living out their passions.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that these fabulous books are life-changing (yes, we said it). From the inspiration to the tactical, each of these books has impacted us in everything we do as girl bosses – from how we run our businesses to how we make an impact in our lives.
And while we’ve given you the links to Amazon to make it easy, we’re huge fans of shopping local and shopping small so we’d love it if you grab your last-minute gifts from your local bookstore!
In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
This gorgeous coffee table book is so much more than just that – beneath the covers are the stories of over 100 inspirational and influential women. Through sharing their stories, they describe how they “embraced their creative spirit, overcame adversity and sparked a global movement of entrepreneurship”. From comedians to architects to media titans, the profiles of these women is the encouragement you need to pursue your passions and go after your dreams. Buy the book here.
Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules in Work and in Life by Francesca Gino
I had the privilege of hearing Francesca Gino speak about her new book recently and knew I had to read it right away. I had just wrapped up volunteering in a leadership position in which I repeatedly told my team to shake things up and go against the status quo and was on the verge of starting my own business, so this book came at the perfect time for me. In this easy and often times comical read, Gino inspires her readers to color outside the lines and push the boundaries to welcome in big ideas and powerful change. Buy the book here.
Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
I actually read this book years ago but reread it when I quit my job to start One For Women. Start With Why is probably the most influential book on how we run One For Women and the concept of putting the “why” at the middle of everything runs deeply throughout everything we do. In this widely-revered book, Sinek profiles many large, successful companies to show how basing your decisions on your “why” is the way to go. Since we shifted to this strategy, we’ve found it so much easier to make business and personal decisions because our “why” guides us. Buy the book here.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Full disclosure here, I’m not a “woo-ey” person. I shudder when I hear the word “mindset” and I’m internally rolling my eyes when someone tells me they are “manifesting” something to happen. So it should come as no surprise for those who have read Jen Sincero’s books that she’s not exactly my cup of tea. I tend to prefer the very practical and tactical guides – the ones that outline exact action steps you can take for forward progress, not motivational malarkey that might leave you inspired but no less certain of your next step. That said, I do think books like Sincero’s can serve a purpose if read in the right context at the right time. If you’re looking for an inspirational uplift, a cheerleader to give you a push in the right direction, this is the book for you. Buy the book here.
Dear Female Founder: 66 Letters of Advice From Women Entrepreneurs Who Have Made $1 Billion in Revenue by Lu Li
Given my aforementioned stance on motivation, books about those who have achieved great successes usually don’t do much for me, but this one’s different. This compilation of letters from 66 women entrepreneurs who have made $1 billion or more in revenues to the future generations of female founders feels more personal, more intimate than other motivational books. There is something to be said for women supporting women and this book is the embodiment of that – a must-have guide for all female founders, from the women who have come before us. Buy the book here.