Read to Lead

Inspiring and educating the community through reading and discussion. Each semester, the Laspa Center selects one book to explore new perspectives on leadership and bridging the gender gap. All members of the Scripps College community are invited to participate in book club discussions.

Current and past selections and book club discussion guides are listed below. Books and audio recordings are available for short-term check-out through the Laspa Center, Denison Library, and Honnold Library whenever possible.

Radical Candor
by Kim Scott

Spring 2021 Read to Lead Selection

“Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.”

Spring 2021 Read to Lead will be hosted on, a curated space for asynchronous book club discussions. Create an account on the website or download the app.

More Than Enough
by Elaine Welteroth

Fall 2020 Read to Lead Selection

“In this part-memoir, part-manifesto, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own—on your own terms. Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.”  Penguin Random House

View the discussion guide for More Than Enough.

The Likability Trap
by Alicia Menendez

Spring 2020 Read to Lead Selection

“Relying on research, interviews, and personal experience, The Likeability Trap delivers an essential examination of the pressure put on women to be amiable at work, home, and in the public sphere, and explores the price women pay for internalizing those demands. Rather than advising readers to make themselves likeable, Menendez empowers them to examine how they perceive themselves and others and explores how the concept of likeability is riddled with cultural biases. Our demands for likeability, she argues, hinder everyone’s progress and power.”  Harper Collins Publishers

View the discussion guide for The Likability Trap.

Brave, Not Perfect
by Reshma Saujani

Fall 2019 Read to Lead Selection

“By choosing bravery over perfection, we can find the power to claim our voice, to leave behind what makes us unhappy, and to go for the things we genuinely, passionately want. Perfection may set us on a path that feels safe, but bravery leads us to the one we’re authentically meant to follow.”  Penguin Random House 

View the discussion guide for Brave, Not Perfect.

Reshma Saujani delivered the commencement address for Scripps College in 2017. Watch the highlights.

Dare to Lead
by Brené  Brown

Spring 2019 Read to Lead Selection

“Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential. When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.”  Penguin Random House

View the discussion guide for Dare to Lead.