A reading list for introverted leaders

A huge part of business is knowing how to pick yourself up, says this beauty entrepreneur.

by Stephen Jones
Last Updated: 01 Oct 2019

After a 10 year legal career Natasha Pilbrow cofounded on-demand beauty platform LeSalon in 2015. 

Now COO and a self confessed introvert, she says that reading has helped her find a better work life balance, come to terms with the fact that the highs can be as common as the lows in business and realise that leadership isn’t about shouting. 


"Daring Greatly by Brene Brown is such an inspirational read, and delivers a number of home truths regarding vulnerability as a strength and ditching the fight for perfectionism. Brown’s research is truly groundbreaking and for me, it exposed the ego that can often come with leadership.

"Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg really changed the way I saw the conflict that can exist between family and work life. She empowers female leaders to curate the life they want and to be great leaders at home and at work. 

"I also loved Grit by Angela Duckworth. Building a business is such a rollercoaster, there are always new challenges and obstacles to overcome, with extreme highs and lows. Grit is about the qualities that lead to great achievements and is a nice reminder that passion and resilience really are so important - a huge part of business success is just knowing how to pick yourself back up.

"As an introvert, Quiet by Susan Cain has really helped me feel more confident about my skill set and reminded me that one does not need to be an extrovert to be a good leader.

"All bosses should read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It’s enormously practical in terms of helping balance home and professional life and has helped me get better at juggling the two. Gawande’s approach is helpful for business leaders who, by nature, must manage multiple people and teams." 

If you’re on the move...

"Drive from the Business of Fashion is a great podcast if you want an insight into the fashion industry as it often features interviews with some of the industry’s biggest names. 

"How to Fail  consists of candid reflections on failure from journalist and writer Elizabeth Day as she interviews big names from popular culture. Refreshingly they discuss how the biggest failures often lead to the biggest successes. It's easy to listen to and hugely uplifting.

"Masters of Scale from Reid Hoffman is all about the highs, lows and adventures involved in building some of the world’s best known businesses."

Image credit: Amy Mace

 

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