5 Books to Inspire Your Inner Leader


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While performing in the choir, attending a student council session, or participating in another school activity, did you ever feel that you should be the one leading it? Did you do anything about it? Or did you doubt yourself?

If this describes you or someone you know, EmpowHerto is here for you. We know, that becoming a leader can be challenging, but hey, it’s not unachievable. You, yes, you can be a leader at your school, in your community, or at your workplace, and EmpowHerto will guide you in your journey of success!  

Leaders are made, not born…and you are one!

The first two steps you should take to become a leader are to identify your strengths and work on your “weaknesses.” To help you out, EmpowHerto staff have consulted online sources to come up with a 5-step approach to evaluate your true self. Let’s begin!

1. Identify the areas in your life that you excel at

Do you have a natural talent for drawing or speaking in public? Sometimes we downplay our strengths because we don’t recognize them as being unique. Take a good look at what you enjoy doing and are good at and write down a list on a piece of paper.

2. Build your strengths

Can you answer the question: “I am good at…?” If not, ask a friend or close family member for help. Other people in our lives often observe things that we don’t see about ourselves. 

3. Track and work on the things you need to improve

Is lack of confidence holding you back from expressing your ideas? Try to build your confidence by joining online groups of people with similar interests. Interacting with others with similar interests or causes you care about can really increase your confidence level.

4. Explore opportunities

Get involved in various community activities and take that first step with EmpowHERto to empower yourself.

5. Initiate self-evaluation

You are your best judge. After completing a task or activity ask yourself, how did it go? Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s a process and you did a great job! Well done, Gorgeous! Way to go!

To further help you along, here are five books that will inspire you to become a great leader!

1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

With a successful run on opinion pages, theaters, television shows, and even on the cover of Time magazine, this book sparks the debate on women and their career ambition to become a leader.

Availability: amazon.com, Kindle, Audible app, Google Play, Apple Books

2. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

A #1 New York Times bestseller that urges you to accept your vulnerability and weaknesses and dare to challenge your inner-self to be a leader. 

Availability: amazon.com, eBook, Kindle, Audible app

3. The Confidence Code by Katty Kay

From the author of best-selling Womenomics, this book marks the importance of self-belief and confidence as a key to success among all age groups of to-be women leaders.

Availability: amazon.com, eBook, Audible app, Google Play, Walmart e-books 

4. The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danzigar, Catherine Birndorf

By asking a simple question, “What Room are you in?” this book deals with overcoming your little imperfections and taking the big leap of your dreams.

Availability: amazon.com, eBook, Audible app, Walmart eBooks, Google play

5. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown 

A handbook of intelligence, energy, and exploring the capability in you. This book shows the two dimensions of leadership and how you can be an asset by following the success codes set by the authors.

Availability: amazon.com, Audible app, Google Play

Once you’ve read up on these titles, check back to see what other tips and inspiration we have for you on our blog and on our social media channels @empowherto. We are also launching LeadHER in January for all of you aspiring leaders! 

Be in touch and stay safe, Beautiful!


Founded in 2015, EmpowHERto is a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping 14-21 year-old women and girls reach their fullest potential.

EmpowHERto is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let’s bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.


Toronto, Ontario