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Business books are not just a boys game: Six titles written by impressive women

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(4) “The Soul Mender” by Elizabeth James


Looks at: Counselling, motivation and mind, body and spirit

Elizabeth James is a professional care worker, councillor, TV host and motivational speaker. And as she has overcome her own adversities, her book details how jumping hurdles cannot be done without confidence. 

At the core of her book is that the primary fear in business is the fear of failing. While many successful business people have failed and will fail again, what makes them different to those who won’t take a risk is they either allow the time to examine a problem clearly, or approach the challenge in a heuristic fashion using past experience in a similar situation.

As such, “The Soul Mender” is about having people set goals in order to move forward. James suggested that sometimes in life we are thrown against the waves of life. “We either take the blow as the challenges increase, trying to stay focused, or lose control of life in the midst of the waves,” she said. “Depending on your choice, you are either the winner or you allow failure to choose for you.”


(5) “Choices” by Sarah Lane


Looks at: Coaching and training, business, management

Throughout the book, there are a selection of stories and tools that are practical, fun and useful for the reader to make better choices in their life, aiming to provide readers with a pragmatic approach to the psychology of change. 

Specialising in behavioural change, Lane said: “I think that my book is different from other books on the market because it is conversational in style, balances storytelling with science and the practicality of the tools. You can read it in any order and it’s easy to pick up and put down. The book is designed to suit the speed of life today. It uses straight talking, whilst also being comforting and supportive – like talking to a good friend.”

The message of the book is that whoever you are and wherever you start from, you have a choice – to step up and take responsibility for your life and to be true to who you are.


(6) “Real Leaders for the Real World” by Karen Meager and John McLachlan


Looks at: Training and consultancy, business, management

The founders of Monkey Puzzle Training Consultancy, which focuses is on supporting people to become leaders in their careers and their own lives, Karen Meager and John McLachlan’s book unpacks the psychological and behavioural traits of good leaders and shows how you can develop these traits and remain true to yourself and your own style.

Ironically, the concept for the business, according to McLachen, was born from the book. He said: “We help people to bring their own personality, skill and passion to whatever they do. We believe that when people are themselves, ie real, things flow more easily, life is less stressed and people can play to their strengths and let other people play to theirs. Our job is to help people do just that.”

Concerned with issues surrounding gender diversity in business? Don’t miss the Real Business First Women programme:

Drawing on years of the First Women movement and the phenomenal network of pioneering women the Awards has created, this programme features The First Women Awards and The First Women Summit  designed to educate, mentor and inspire women in all levels of business.

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