Book Club: Reading Up on Leadership

Each year IPWS celebrates our community’s leaders with the Women Leadership Awards! While we are busy planning and preparing this year’s awards & Leadership Summit, we’re also busy reading up on the topic, and would love to hear what you’re reading at the moment! Email us if you’ve got a book on leadership to add below, and happy reading!


The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
by Dacher Keltner

Some reviews (read more):

“Although women are typically more likely to grow and elevate others in their circles, once they attain power they’re just as likely to fall victim to illusions of grandeur and bad behavior associated with the Machiavellian view of power. The commentary struck a chord, and I wanted more. Keltner contrives a strong case that true power is obtained through empowering others and when we obtain power it’s important to be wary.”

“Keltner investigates status, influence, and power. His conclusion is that when people behave in ways that serve the group, other people grant them influence, thus people who are good for the group gain power.”


Fight Like A Girl
by Clementine Ford

“Never did I realise I held so much rage against the devaluement of women until reading Fight Like A Girl. Never have I felt so empowered. So inspired. So alive.”

“Loved it. Laughed aloud so many times while reading. Brave and funny and gorgeous.”






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

“I highly recommend this book. As a single mom near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, the negative reviews would have led me to believe ‘Lean In’ wasn’t for me and that only an elite few could relate. To the contrary, I found that Sandberg lends a clear, relevant, necessary voice to issues of leadership and equality for women and men and understanding for parents working in and out of the home.”

“While this book by the COO of Facebook is ostensibly about women in the workplace, it’s really about subconscious cognitive biases. A majority of Americans may consider women and men to be equal on the surface, but the fact that women still lag significantly behind men in both pay and leadership positions points to the fact that there is something else going on.”