10 Books and Podcasts for Aspiring Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Wanna-Doers

If you’re feeling trapped by not being “perfect,” lost in your career path, or just wanting to know if you should follow your passion,you’re certainty not alone. Take a journey through the pages of some valuable books and listen to women who have been there that will help you refresh your perspective. This list of 10 podcasts and books is inspiring, informative, and will show you can’t be afraid to show up. You’ll answer learn how to take care of yourself, find purpose, and live the life you’ve always imagined. 

Mistakes I Made At Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal

You can’t get it right every time. This collection features 25 high-achieving women sharing what they did wrong and how it helped them succeed. If you struggle with the idea of being “perfect” and criticize yourself for every little mistake, this book may help. The advice comes from a variety of female experts in careers ranging from arts to finance. While you can’t relate to every participant, it certainly gives you a chance to see that you’re not alone in second-guessing yourself.

Podcast: Advice to my Younger Me

You likely have thought to yourself “If only I could go back in time, I’d tell her X.” Advice to My Younger Me is a podcast hosted by Sara Holtz where she gets career advice from women who had fulfilling careers. These women impart advice they wish they’d gotten earlier in their own careers. Get advice on taking risks, negotiating, asking for a raise, dealing with challenges and more — all from women who have been there.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown

Brene Brown is a research professor who has spent two decades studying courage, shame, and vulnerability. These feelings affect every facet of our lives, and her book, Daring Greatly, helps break down the idea that vulnerability is a weakness. If you’ve ever felt like you’re not “enough,” or were scared to put yourself out there, this is a book for you.

Podcast: The Art of Speaking Up

Navigating work as a woman can come with plenty of obstacles. Straddling the line between confident and bossy can be hard, as is fearing you don’t look smart enough. Whatever the issue you’re having at work, The Art of Speaking Up can help you find your voice. The podcast hosted by Jessica Guzik touches on issues include professional growth, being the only woman at the table, managing emotional stress, and more.

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It by Valerie Young

Imposter syndrome, or the idea you’re faking it in your career or life, can strike anyone. It’s hard on women because we may over examine our mistakes, and take them as proof that we’re an imposter. A stray comment may become an entire new worry, or maybe we just feel like we’re barely passing muster. Valerie Young studies women’s beliefs about themselves and has discovered why we do this. She also shows you how to identify the thought patterns and overcome your self-doubt.

Podcast: You Wanna Do What?

When you were young, you might have been asked “What do you want to do when you grow up?” This podcast is a new take on that, but it focuses on what you want to do now. Marketer and podcaster Monica Rivera kept hearing “follow your passion!” yet she felt stuck because she didn’t just want to do just one thing. She wanted to do a bunch of things. Now she uses her podcast You Wanna Do What?! to help others fulfill their vision, live their dreams, and take chances at any age. You wanna Do What?! helps you explore your interests and find a new way to reinvent yourself.

Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings by Marlene Wagman-Geller

Want to find courage? Look to those women who changed the game. Women Who Launch: The Women Who Shattered Glass Ceilings shares the stories of the inspiring women behind brands and organizations. You may know their names, but you might not know their stories.  This book changes that, and lets you know of the extraordinary women who came before. Learn about women who changed the era, from Estee Lauder to the creator of The Girl Scouts, Julia Ward-Howe.

Podcast: Extraordinary Women Radio

Success coach for women Kami Guldner helps clients “Live Out Loud” and step into their courage. She also speaks to successful women from all walks of life on her podcast, Extraordinary Women Radio. Each episode features an interview with women who live in our world and make a difference. Interviewees run the gamut from humanitarians to corporate leaders to female entrepreneurs.

How to Not Always be Working: A Toolkit for Creativity and Radical Self-Care by Marlee Grace

If you’ve spent too many hours in front of the computer, if you’ve you find yourself always working, read this book. How to Not Always be Working will get you off the rat wheel and let you set boundaries so you aren’t burnout. It’s a pocket-sized gift book packed with valuable little nuggets to reflect on at any time.

Podcast: Selfish

Selfcare and being selfish isn’t a bad thing, explains Selfish host Allie Martin. Each episode talks to lifestyle experts for advice on self-care and the show is currently in its fourth season. Past episodes feature discussions on meditation, your dream job, fulfilling your passions, eating well, improving your sleep, and other ways to practice self care. Listen if you ever felt bad taking care of yourself and discover why selfishness can be a good thing. 


More Stories
Get The Stunning Red Dress That Will Drop Jaws Everywhere