Women business leaders are continuously learning new ways to bring out the best in their businesses—and themselves. This list of leadership resources and tools is aimed at leaders who are looking for inspiration. Whether you’ve been a CEO for years or you’re just launching your business, we hope you find something that sparks your interest.
The Brand New Shelf Starters
1. You might remember Amy Cuddy from her 2012 TED talk, “Your body language shapes who you are.” Her advice on how to (literally) position yourself for success became the second most popular TED talk of all time. Her new book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, has already hit #1 in Women & Business on Amazon.
2. If you’ve ever spent an evening unwinding with a glass of wine and an episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, or How to Get Away With Murder, you know television writer, producer, and director Shonda Rhimes’ work. But did you know she spent a long time doubting her abilities? In Year of Yes, she shares how she took control of her life and encourages you to “dance it out, stand in the sun, and be your own person,” too. After all, leadership starts from within.
The Must-Read Department
3. Business owners need to simultaneously dream big and stay realistic about what it takes to run a company. Carol Roth tells it like it is in The Entrepreneur Equation. This book is a must-read for anyone considering starting her own business. You’ll get brutally honest insight into the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, so you can make an informed decision about whether running a business is right for you.
4. New WBEs should also seek out The E-Myth, Revisited. Michael Gerber understands why 40% of small businesses fail in their first year, and what you need to do to succeed. His book guides entrepreneurs through the different levels of leadership and organization necessary to keep a great idea from turning into a burnout grind. You’ll close the book ready to work on your business, not just in it.
Tuning Time to Podcasts & Webinars & YouTube Series
5. The idea of Entrepreneurs and Coffee is simple: Grab your mug of joe and listen in on a chat between host Brendan Hufford and an expert guest. The show strikes a great balance between motivating stories and action-oriented tips.
6. Entrepreneur on Fire is one of the top-ranked business podcasts out there. Tune in daily to hear from CEOs and bestselling authors. Budding entrepreneurs and longtime WBEs alike will find something to engage and inspire.
7. Sometimes business women need to connect with other women for advice, support, and inspiration. She Did It Her Way features a top female entrepreneur every Monday. Recent guests include Whitney English, creator of the Day Designer, a comprehensive planner created with business women and working moms in mind.
8. Webinars combine the structure and support of a class with the convenience of an online program. The American Management Association offers a range of programs to boost analytical skills, productivity, and communication. There’s something for everyone on your team.
Leverage WBENC Resources
9. To improve your business, you need a solid plan. In a recent Let’s Chat conversation right here on the WBENC blog, WBE Cheryl Snead explains how she uses Six Sigma to organize her business goals. Six Sigma is a method that uses six steps to make over 99.99% of your operations error-free. Make sure to leverage the WBENC blog to find resources and advice from other women owned business leaders!
10. Want to do more to support other women business leaders? Kate Armstrong has embarked on a year-long experiment to only buy and use products from Women Owned businesses. Subscribe to Intentional Kate YouTube videos for fresh, fun videos every Wednesday featuring Woman Owned products from wine, makeup, and even apps.
In addition to books, podcasts, and blog posts, make sure to take advantage of face-to-face opportunities at the upcoming Summit & Salute next month and National Conference & Business Fair in June. You’ll learn about important industry trends, hear from powerful keynote speakers, and join workshops with other WBEs.
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