10 Popular & Inspiring Quotes From Women Authors In The Leadership World

The world has changed forever as we know it. As we all come to grips with the global COVID-19 Pandemic and how it has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, there is wide acknowledgement that this is our chance as a society to choose how we want the future to look, in terms of work, travel, communication, and family structure.

During great times of upheaval we can rely upon leaders to give us insight in ways that perhaps we had not considered before. Many of the world’s greatest leaders are already household names and have released best-selling books which give us a glimpse into their unique perspectives.

The team over at Resume.oi, a site which helps you custom build resumes using professional templates, purchased the 50 best rated leadership books and, using the ‘most highlighted’ feature in Amazon’s Kindle, found the most popular quotes from each one. It’s no surprise to us that the majority of lauded authors on this list are men, and it’s a sad reminder we still have a long way to go for more women and minorities to have their voices heard in a position of “authority”.

We wanted to do our part in disrupting the status quo and have gathered the 10 female voices featured in Resume.io’s list. Each of the books are either written by, or co-authored by women. Some are familiar, household names, and others are well-known in the leadership space and give some practical advice when it comes to looking ahead to changing your perspective on leadership and projects going forward. Check out the list below, and head over to Resume.io to see the full list of 50 authors.

Featuring the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Shonda Rhimes, Sophia Amoruso and Brene Brown, take a look at 10 popular and inspiring quotes from the following women:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

In her book Quiet, Susan Cain launched a quiet revolution by highlighting the potential and unique skills possessed by introverted people, and revealing how society shuns them.  This passionately argued and anecdote-rich book charts the rise of what she calls the Extrovert Ideal throughout the entire twentieth century, and offsets it with a list of high-octane public speakers who ironically are introverts.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

What are the obstacles faced by working women? This is the central question posed by the former chief Operating Officer of Facebook in this book. Being ranked as one of the most influential people by Time magazine, Sandberg lends this tell-it-all narrative greater weight by sharing the personal mistakes and obstacles she encountered before she became a huge success.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance 

Just in case you don‘t already know, Elon Musk is the man behind Paypal, SolarCity, The Boring Company and SpaceX. This biography delves into the life and mind of one of the most fascinating personalities in the 21st century. It has everything from anecdotes shared by Musk’s friends and family, to the man‘s own advice on how to approach life and business.

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

This #1 New York Times bestseller by Brené Brown has already sold 1 million copies and continues to grow in stature. The book offers a transformative vision for how we should lead, build loving relationships and be outstanding parents. With her emphasis on vulnerability, Brown boldly pushes for a powerful new practice which can help you through difficult emotions.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck 

After decades of researching the subject of mind-setting, world-famous Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, PhD, has discovered a groundbreakingly simple idea. Whether you’re in the arts, sports, science or taking on any human endeavor, Dweck argues that the growth mind-set should be your priority. 

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

One of the many impressive things about this collective work is that Bill Gates considers it to be one of the most important books he’s ever read, and that’s saying a lot because Bill Gates seems to read everything. Factfulness, at its core, is about data and how both experts and non-experts can get it wrong, sometimes with devastating consequences.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

The ubiquitous internet culture of today makes it easier for people to express themselves, and this intimate but hilarious memoir by Shonda Rhimes is a testimony of that fact. Rhimes is the creator of the hit TV shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal’, and her honest and raw memoir explores how her attitude of always saying Yes has generated her success.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

If an anthem for misfits and outsiders who eventually find their own version of success was made into a book, it would be Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss. From dumpster diving to founding one of today’s fastest-growing global retailers, Amoruso is the CEO heroine for people who are walking a non-conventional path that’s rife with naysayers. 

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull

Edwin Catmull and Amy Wallace explain in this book that, contrary to popular belief, what translates a good idea into reality is not the idea itself, but the team behind it. Catmull is one of the founders of the iconic animation studio, Pixar; and this book is a compendium of his journey with the company. His insights on creativity in business show how defying convention can lead to huge success.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts by Brené Brown

This book by Brené Brown aims to inspire readers to brave all of the uncharted territories that the naysayers warn you against. It details new research into leaders, culture shifters, and change makers. This #1 New York Times best-seller dares you to ask yourself: how can I be braver?

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