5 Professional Development Books to Help You Level Up Your Careeer

One of the best ways to grow in your career is to take time to work on your own personal and professional development. This list includes 5 great books that will help you navigate negotiations, live a purpose-filled life, be a stronger leader and more. When it comes to professional development the goal is to never stop learning, and these books all have incredible principles with different perspectives to help you learn from the very bess. I’m a big believer that there is no growth in comfort, so if you’re feeling stagnant, picking up one of these books is a great way to help you grow. 

Boss Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan to Take Charge of Your Career - Nicole Lapin

If you were looking for a Lean In book for millennials, this is the answer. Lapin, a world-renown financial expert, walks her readers through every step of elevating themselves through goal setting, strategic planning and taking bold actions. There is incredible content on asking for a promotion, finding a mentor and planning out the next steps on your career trajectory all while delivering with her witty humor. 

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success - Sylvia Ann Hewlett

If you are looking to strengthen your leadership skills, this is the perfect book for you. Hewlett is an industry leader in workplace power and influence. She gives tips on how to exude an executive presence, which people know who you are a true leader. This book is a great mix on how your style, gravitas and communication style can all help you be the executive leader you’d like to be. 

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life - Jen Sincero

Yes! I know. This is the self-help book that everyone and their mom have told you that you need to read, but now I am one more person begging you to grab this book. It’s a game-changer. Sincero walks us through how she went from being broke, unhappy and living into a garage into living a purpose-filled life living her dreams. This is the perfect book if you are feeling stuck and are looking to shift careers or do something new that will bring you more joy. 

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on it - Chris Voss 

If you love a good crime novel and want to learn how to negotiate stronger, this is the perfect combination book for you. Former top FBI negotiator turned business strategist has negotiated through life and death situations and major business deals, and through this experience, he shows his readers his methods to make deals go their way. The book reads like a thriller but you walk away with techniques you can use to help you get a raise, land a deal or get managers and coworkers to lean into what you want. 


Finish: Give Yourself of the Gift of Done - Jon Acuff

This follow-up book to Start, by the motivational speaker Jon Acuff, is the kick in the pants you need to help you get projects done. If you struggle with procrastination and are not leveling up in your career due to perfectionism or fear, Acuff gives practical steps on how to get stuff done. The author uses humor and strong strategy tasks to help you stay engaged and not put off finishing the book for later.