Women Leadership Book Club: Claim Your Space!

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Ever wanted to read some business leadership books but didn’t know where to start, beyond the obvious? In this post, Jen Stirrup connects books to specific themes for leadership reflection. We would also like to invite you to a virtual Leadership Book Club aimed at women, but everyone is welcome to join in, and that does include every gender (there are at least three).

To join the Women’s Leadership Book Club, please register your details here and I will be in touch. The launch date is 8th March, which is International Women’s Day. The theme for IWD2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’ and I set up this virtual Women’s Leadership Book Club so we could challenge ourselves and work to help ourselves with our own challenges.

Women’s Leadership Book Club details

Sign up here (link) to join the virtual Women’s Leadership Book Club. Note that I’m just collecting details so I can communicate with you about the virtual Women’s Leadership Book Club. I will not pass your details on or sell your details because that’s just plain icky.

Each month, as a community, we will select a book that will help readers rise to the challenges of leadership. The plan of the Women’s Leadership Book Club is that I will set up two Virtual Zoom calls a month, one in the UK timezone and one in the US timezone. I’ll set up a Slack channel so that we can discuss the book whenever we like, and we can have a community vote on the next book.

This month’s book is A Woman’s Guide to Claiming Space by Eliza VanCort.

Why did I choose this book? Reading the feedback, it became clear that soft skills for business were high on the agenda. If you find it hard to get your voice heard in business settings, then this book is for you. VanCort’s individual story is just incredible and inspiring and I hope that you enjoy this book from a personal and professional perspective.

Women fight the pressure to make themselves small in private, professional, and public spaces.

VanCort identifies the five key behaviours of all “Space Claiming Queens”: use your voice and posture to project confidence and power, end self-sabotage, forge connections, neutralize unsafe spaces, and unite across differences.

Through personal narrative, research, and actionable strategies, VanCort provides how-tos on combatting challenges like antimentors and microaggressions and gives advice for building up your “old girls” club, asking for what you’re worth, and owning your space without apology.

What’s your favorite business book?

If you have any other books you’d recommend, please pop them in the comments section. We would love to hear from you!

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