Top 10 Business Books by Women

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a massively influential international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.


Beside Dead Aid, her books include How the West Was Lost and Winner Take All.


Check out her most recent powerful TED talk.  Here is another TED talk she did in 2013 concerning China's role in emerging economies.

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of


Check out her TED talk on why we have so few women business leaders.

Sheryl Sandberg

Susan Cain’s 2012 book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking launched a movement recognizing and empowering introverts. It argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people.

In 2015, Cain co-founded Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children (parenting and education), lifestyle, and the workplace.

Susan's 2016 follow-on book, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, focuses on introverted children and teens and is also directed to their educators and parents.

Check out Susan's TED Talk.

Susan Cain

Blue Ocean Strategy was published in 2005 and written by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, professors at INSEAD, one of the world's leading international graduate business schools. They are co-directors of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute.

Blue Ocean Strategy has greatly influenced strategic thinking and planning and has been a world wide phenomenon.

Renée Mauborgne

Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist on the faculty of the Harvard Business School.


In her book Presence Dr. Cuddy shows how your body language influences others and even changes the way you see yourself.

Check out her TED Talk on the power of presence and how body language shapes who you are.

Amy Cuddy

Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes and collaboration in a real world context.

More generally Dr. McGonigal is an advocate of gamification. Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.

In addition to SuperBetter, her books include Reality is Broken.

Check out her TED Talk on the subject of how gaming can make a better world.

Jane McGonigal

Brené Brown researches vulnerability. The title of her book, Daring Greatly, comes from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech at the Sorbonne in Paris exhorting that it is not the critic who counts, but rather “the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,” and that “if he fails, he at least fails while daring greatly

To Dr. Brown vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation. She explores how engagement got to be uncool and why perfectionism is the enemy of getting work done.

Her other books include Rising Strong and The Gifts of Imperfection.

Check out her TED Talk on the power of vulnerability.

brene brown

Rita McGrath is a strategic management scholar and professor of management at the Columbia Business School. She is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship.


Dr. McGrath has served as a leadership consultant to companies like Coca-Cola, GE, and Pearson. The premise of "The End of Competitive Advantage," states that the companies that will remain the most successful need to aggressively exploit opportunities and move on from them before they're exhausted. This pace keeps the competition constantly playing catch-up.

rita mcgrath

Herminia Ibarra is a professor at INSEAD. Dr. Ibarra is a widely read and regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and The Financial Times, among other publications. Her book Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader details how to take advantage of today's fast-moving job market to rise to a position of leadership.

Herminia Ibarra

Linda Hill is a professor at Harvard Business School, where she chairs the school's Leadership Initiative. Dr. Hill’s book Collective Genius explores case studies showing how large organizations can use their size as a competitive advantage against innovative and nimble startups.

linda hill

#GIRLBOSS was the winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book.

Sophia Amoruso is the founder of the Nasty Gal clothing empire which started as an eBay store. Her autobiography is filled with inspiring life and business lessons.

There is a new Netflix series inspired by Sophia's best-selling book. the series follows the rise of Amoruso's multi-million dollar fashion empire, Nasty Gal.

Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, and incredibly talented designer who is perhaps best known as the host of her podcast Design Matters. She has great podcast episodes with epic podcasters Tim Ferriss and James Altucher that are also absolute must listens.

Debbie is at the forefront of the Design Thinking movement.

Check out her other books including Look Both Ways and How to Think Like a Great Graphic Designer.

Debbie Millman

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