The List of Inclusive Professional Development Books You’ve Been Waiting For

Think about the last three self-help books you read. Who wrote them?

Books are the window to new ways of thinking, ideas and experiences. Ever since I was little, I have devoured books. It’s no surprise that when I, a former English graduate journalist, started Media Minefield, I leaned heavily on what I discovered in leadership development pages and business-focused books. . The words of Simon Sinek, Jim Collins, Dale Carnegie and Steven Covey gave me the business fundamentals to guide my journey as a young CEO. To educate myself and update my professional lingo, I consulted and consumed all the books on curated “best” lists published by reputable media outlets. It wasn’t until the books by Sheryl Sandberg and Brené Brown became bestsellers that I realized that all the books I had devoured were from the perspective of middle-aged white men.

Women are often underrepresented in book lists

While these books were invaluable and informed my thinking, it was a unique educational experience. Brené’s words resonated with me so much that I went to see her speak several times. From Boldly for dare to leadBrown’s powerful messages have helped shape my leadership style and woven into the fabric of our company’s core values.

Scrolling through book listings, I quickly discovered that female authors are consistently categorized as “starter business.” Often, long book lists feature only one female author.

The future of business is diverse and inclusive. A dynamic conversation cannot take place without learning other perspectives and understanding the lived experiences of those who, in various industries, grew up in different places and had to overcome significant obstacles to succeed.

More attention to BIPOC authors needed

At Media Minefield, we value developing leaders from within. To ensure our future leaders consume quality content and are challenged, I created a 3-year self-paced program called Flight School. The program includes books, videos, projects and written articles.

Unlike popular reading lists, I thought we had a diverse book list because it was gender balanced. When George Floyd was killed a few miles from our office in 2020, I had another wake-up call. Flight School didn’t have enough racial representation, and as a lifelong learner, I didn’t pay attention to representation in the books I read. I quickly realized that it was hard to find bestselling business development and leadership books written by people of color.

The powerful stories of early black millionaires, leaders, and success stories featured in books like hidden numbers and Arshay Cooper A more beautiful thing are often not found on mainstream “best of” lists. In fact, these books often appear on book lists dedicated to BIPOC authors or only surface during Black History Month. It’s a shame because these books give us a window into how to overcome adversity and valuable insight into the mindset needed to succeed.

Below, you’ll find stories of bold leaders, entrepreneurs, and a handful of other inspiring stories from a diverse group of game-changing thinkers. This list is not perfect. In fact, it is constantly evolving. Please tell me what is missing and what I need to add. I hope this inspires you to examine your reading habits and consider the lived experience of authors and how that may influence the information you consume. Leading in the modern era means we need to have a well-rounded and well-represented education.

+ The Third Gate | Alex Banyan

+ The Virgin Way | Sir Richard Branson

+ Dare to Lead | Brene Brown

+ Atomic Habits | James Clair

+ The Alchemist | paulo Coelho

+ Good to excellent | Jim Collins

+ A more beautiful thing | Arshay Cooper

+ Presence: Bring your most daring | Amy Cuddy

+ Great Magic: A Creative Life Beyond Fear | Elizabeth Gilbert

+ Talk to strangers | Malcolm Gladwell

+ Originals | Adam Grant

+ Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know | Adam Grant

+ Primal Leadership | Daniel Goleman

+ Team of Rivals: The political genius of Abraham Lincoln | Doris KearnsGoodwin

+ Think and Grow Rich | Napoleon Hill

+ Offer happiness | Tony Hsieh

+ The Adventure of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company | Robert Iger

+ Shoe Dog: Memoirs of the Creator of NIKE | Phil Knight

+ Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey | Alfred Lansing

+ Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit at least | Daniel McKeown

+ Become | michelle obama

+ Alive: The Story of Andean Survivors | Piers Paul Read

+ Radical frankness | Kim Scott

+ Hidden numbers | Margot Lee Shetterly

+ Infinite Game | Simon Sineck

+ Leaders eat last | Simon Sineck

+ Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote | Elaine Weiss

+ How to be a great boss | Gino Wickman

+ Caste: the origins of our discontent | Isabelle Wilkerson

+ Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win | Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

+ Dark Fortunes | Wills of Shomari

+ Wild company | Mel and Patricia Ziegler

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