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  • Writer's pictureAnnabella Smith

Top 3 Books to Boost Your Confidence as a Woman



Wouldn’t it be nice if we all felt confident when we needed to be. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Some people are naturally confident, some ‘fake it until they make it’, and others simply can’t muster up enough to do what they had set out to do. Yet confidence is the key to unlocking your full potential. Whether that’s being confident in your abilities or confident to step out of your comfort zone, it’s an important skill to have. If you want to enhance your self-esteem in the workplace, in your personal life, or both, the following books are my top picks. They offer invaluable insights and guidance to help you thrive with confidence.


1. "The Confidence Code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman


"The Confidence Code" by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman delves into the science behind confidence, offering a fresh perspective on what it takes to build and maintain self-assurance. Kay and Shipman examine how societal expectations and biology influence confidence in both men and women.


What sets this book apart is its focus on the tangible steps you can take to boost your confidence. Through engaging stories and actionable advice, you'll learn how to embrace risk, practice resilience, and develop the confidence you need to thrive personally and professionally. This book is a practical guide for women looking to understand and harness their inner strength.


2. "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg


Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In," is a must-read for women aiming to boost their confidence, particularly in the workplace. Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, offers a thought-provoking exploration of women's roles in leadership and provides valuable advice on how to lean into your career with conviction.


In "Lean In," you'll discover empowering insights on overcoming self-doubt and imposter syndrome, and you'll learn to advocate for yourself and your ideas effectively. Sandberg's candid anecdotes and compelling research will inspire you to embrace challenges with confidence, aiming for the career you deserve.


3. "Brave, Not Perfect" by Reshma Saujani


In "Brave, Not Perfect," Reshma Saujani challenges the expectations society places on women to be flawless in all aspects of life. Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, encourages women to break free from the confines of perfectionism and embrace bravery. By sharing her own experiences and those of inspiring women, she illustrates the power of taking risks, pursuing your passions, and building confidence through bold action.


This book is an empowering call to action for women to pursue their dreams with courage, even when perfection seems out of reach. Saujani's message will resonate with any woman striving to overcome the fear of failure and embrace their own unique journey with confidence.


Each of these books offers a unique perspective on confidence, helping you build and strengthen your self-assuredness as a woman. Whether you're navigating the challenges of the workplace, personal relationships, or your own inner barriers, these books provide the tools and inspiration you need to unlock your full potential. The most important point I can make is to embrace your unique journey - let these books serve as guides on your path to greater confidence and success.



Do you struggle with self-doubt, confidence or self-worth? Coaching can help you realise your strengths and deserving potential. Send me a message and we can discuss how you can take control of your thoughts.


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