December 29


Best Business Books To Read in 2022

By Mimi MacLean

December 29, 2021

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Must-Read Business Books for All Female CEOs and Founders

As the year draws to an end and we are writing down our resolutions for 2022, I wanted to put together a list of the best business books every female CEO should read!

Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters by Kara Goldin

Author Kara Goldin turned her unsweetened flavored water into one of the most successful beverage businesses of our time and has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. Undaunted is a rare opportunity to gain insights and proven advice, unlike anything you’ll find in the conventional business press. Kara combines real honest stories from her life with observations that might just change how you think about your own.

Part autobiography, part business memoir and lots of insights on self-development, Undaunted offers inspiring stories that impart lessons that any reader can apply to their own path.

Tune in to Kara’s episode on the Badass CEO HERE

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, the social scientist best known for The Gifts of Imperfection, trains her sensitive eye on our increasingly polarized world. From there, she examines what she calls "true belonging," and maps how to get there from lonely places "out in the wilderness."

Grit by Angela Duckworth

If you're feeling bad about a lack of natural genius or familial advantages, researcher Angela Duckworth gives you a reason to buck up. She's found that what she calls "grit," a combination of passion and perseverance, is more important than anything innate.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Everybody knows Shonda Rimes as the creator of hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. But even if you're not in the TV biz, you can still get inspiration from her memoir, which chronicles a year where she vowed to say "yes!" to everything that scared her.

How to Be Succesful In Spite of Yourself by Dr. Ann Kaplan

In this life-changing and entertaining book, Ann Kaplan offers thirteen witty, wry and inspiring chapters full of personal stories, no-nonsense advice and self-empowerment exercises that will help any reader understand how to get out of their own way. If you want to find a new life and if you want to be successful, Ann Kaplan has the answer. Straightforward, hilarious and unapologetic she provides the tools and advice that will help you move those self-imposed roadblocks, find wealth (greater than you ever imagined) and, yes, how to step on a path toward a life of true success.

Tune in to Ann’s episode on the Badass CEO HERE

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between. This book won't teach you how to build a multimillion-dollar company. It won't teach you about systems or finance. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your "why," eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that's what life and business are all about.

The Courage to Advance by Bonnie Hagemann

A powerful collection of 36 stories about how the world's most successful women have overcome some of life's biggest challenges to reach the top of their professions. This is a book written for every current and aspiring leader, revealing the things that leaders rarely talk about: the behind-the-scenes struggles.

The women in these stories are powerful, internationally diverse, and have impressive leadership accomplishments. They were brought together through one unifying experience: they have all completed the Harvard Business School Women on Boards Program, a course that has turned into a movement. Today there are over 190 members of the WomenExecs on Boards network, from 23 countries. This is the network where organizations go to find educated, prepared, qualified, and diverse women for corporate board seats.

Tune in to Bonnie’s episode on the Badass CEO HERE

Exit Rich by Michelle Seiler Tucker and Sharon Lechter

Seiler Tucker’s two-fold approach to selling your business for maximum profit combines two of the most powerful elements of her mergers and acquisitions toolkit: the “ST GPS Exit Model ™” to help business owners set goals for the sale before their business hit the market, and the “Six Ps Method ™” to help them objectively evaluate their business’s worth, before their potential buyers do. Combined, these tools provide invaluable insight into the process of preparing a business for sale, finding the right buyers, and staging the sale itself.

For more on Michelle Seiler Tucker, head over to the interview we recorded with her on successful mergers and acquisitions. CLICK HERE

Give and Take by Adam Grant

A groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of Originals.

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris distills the insights from hours-long interviews and gives you actionable tips for how to incorporate their wisdom into your own life.

Get There Faster: The No-Nonsense Guide by Christina DiDonato

Get There Faster will help you supercharge your career with a proven professional development system and hacks that can help you break through to the next level. In Get There Faster you will learn a five-step career acceleration formula, which many of today’s most sought-after employers use to develop their emerging leaders.

Read Christina’s feature blog post on the Badass CEO and her IG Live HERE

Hug Your Customers by Jack Mitchell

The only way to stay in business is to have customers; the only way to increase your profit is to attract more customer visits by providing exceptional customer service. It's that simple, says Jack Mitchell. Hug Your Customers is filled with accessible advice, personal case studies and tips any businessperson can use.

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