Ladies in Leadership: Recommended Reading List

Personal growth August 31, 2018 By Melissa Perrin

Over the years, the number of females in the workplace has continued to climb. We are after education, advancement, and our seat at the table – now more than ever!

At First United, we are blessed to have so many wonderful women across our organization. From new moms to seasoned moms and grandmas, singles, marrieds, and ranging from interns to senior management, we have a variety of women at very different stages in their lives. I feel like this great diversity opens the door for opportunities of shared learning and mentorship at many different levels.

I recently invited several of our female leaders to share with me their advice or motivation for climbing the corporate ladder and wanted to share a piece of that today. My hope is to inspire and empower women inside our organization and other female Stakeholders (which include our customers, our partners/suppliers, our shareholders, our employees, and those in our communities).

One of the questions I asked this group was "List a favorite book that impacted you and your path to leadership." Here's what they shared:

  • Bible
  • The High-Potential Leader by Ram Charan 
  • Let It Go by Karen Ehman
  • Your Brain at Work by David Rock
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown (available in select First United lobbies)
  • The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu
  • The Power of Ted by David Emerald (available in select First United lobbies)
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • On the Right Track by Marion Jones
  • The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann

If you are a woman in the workplace, we highly recommend any and all of the books listed above. They are all great resources to empower us in the areas of Faith and Personal Growth, both personally and professionally.

“Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart.” - Oprah

By Melissa Perrin

Chief Culture and Communication Officer, First United Bank - Durant

Melissa has worked for First United for 15+ years serving in various roles which have included work in marketing, training and development, and communications. She currently serves as the Chief Culture and Communication Officer, where she implements board and executive level initiatives, develops organizational culture - purpose, vision, values, and employee satisfaction, and has built and brought to life the “Spend Life Wisely” aspect of the organization.

Melissa holds a degree in Public Relations and Communication from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is also a graduate of the Stagen Integral Leadership Program and the University of Wisconsin Human Resource Management course.

Melissa lives in Durant with her husband and two daughters. Outside of the bank, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and creating, being outdoors, and focusing on wellness. She is also actively involved in her church and her daughters’ school and extracurricular activities.