More and more women are conquering the business world and they’re doing it their way. I recently attended a talk by our courageous public protector, Thuli Madonsela and she said something that’s stuck with me; “If we stand on the shoulders of giants we can see more clearly”.
I’m a firm believer in learning from others and have found a lot of wisdom and guidance from a number of female powerhouses including Sheryl Sandberg and Ariana Huffington – if you haven’t read their books yet take a peek now:
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
Currently the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is no stranger to the corporate world; she’s served as the Chief of Staff to the then US Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers and was in charge of online sales of Google’s advertising and publishing products before moving to Facebook in 2008. In 2012 she became the eight member and first female, to sit on the company’s board of directors. She also serves on the board of The Walt Disney Company.
Arianna Huffington’s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
Journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington is best known as the creator of the popular news site The Huffington Post. Early in her career she wrote books on Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso but became well known during her then husband, Republican Michael Huffington’s unsuccessful Senate bid in 1994. Arianna herself has run as an independent candidate (against Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003) and regularly makes her voice heard with regards to political issues.
She’s also head of The Detroit Project – a public interest group that’s lobbying auto manufacturers to produce cars that run on alternative fuels.
Her book Thrive looks at Arianna’s personal struggle with balancing a massively successful business with being a wife and mother and how mindfulness, meditation and giving provides a different way forward. You can read an excerpt from the book here.
Fortunately the list of great female leaders who’ve written about their experience and insight is getting longer. Here are a few more worth your while:
- The XX Factor by Alison Wolf
- Pamela F. Lenehan’s What You Don’t Know and Your Boss Won’t Tell You: Advice from Senior Female Executives on What You Need to Succeed
- The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women by Valerie Young
Which books would you add to the list?