As I sat down to write this post, I was overwhelmed by just HOW MUCH this set of books changed my career, income, self-confidence, and capabilities. Before I read them, I was managing a Starbucks and making $38k/year. It was tough to make ends meet and I was constantly stressed.
Realizing I wasn't being challenged enough, I got a job at a start-up - on the ground floor. I was the 13th employee and I had A LOT to learn to keep up with the fast pace of growth the company experienced. I knew that if I could figure out managing and leading high performing teams, strategic vision and execution, and talent recruitment that I would have a tremendous opportunity to grow with the company. So I set out on my journey to gain genuine confidence (in spite of my inexperience), and tangible skills to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity I had in front of me. Some of that knowledge came from leaders in the organization, my coach, and good old fashioned trial and error. But a lot of it came from my own self-study and reading these 9 books. My husband and friends used to find it comical that I would read these books on a Saturday night. But I truly enjoyed it, along with the confidence and skills I was gaining!
So here they are! The 9 books that helped earn me an $80k/year raise!
1. How Remarkable Women Lead