16 Female Leaders to Follow and Learn From in 2018

December 21, 2017

With the changing dynamics in our societies, it is increasingly important to remain informed of the various conversations that take place every day on social media. To make sure that you follow the right people, what better way than following some of the most influential female leaders from diverse backgrounds?

We have listed 16 female leaders who will not only inspire you to run your business better, but also become better human beings. Follow these amazing individuals who bring you the latest tips on running successful businesses, taking care of yourself, helping those around you, and keeping yourself informed in general. These women will ensure that you will remain ahead of your peers in 2018.

1. Maria Popova

The brain behind Brain Pickings, Maria Popova has been bringing the latest and the greatest in reviews, culture news, current events, etc. Follow her to remain informed and educate yourself on various cultural topics. After all, you do want to impress your potential clients at networking events with your cultured appeal, don't you?

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2. Katherine Levine

Katherine Gordy Levine is a psychotherapist and a social worker who specializes in Emotional Fitness Training. With decades of experience in dealing with problematic teenagers and adults, Katherine has her own way of teaching people to be emotionally fit. Her blog is filled with tips and tricks to become a stronger person mentally, and treat each other with kindness. Not only will her tips help you to become a better person, you will also learn how to practice kindness and empathy. Even at the age of 80, she inspires everyone to remain active and keep working no matter what our hardships are.

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3. Elizabeth Murray

If you were looking for a single source to pick up the best books to learn about feminism, politics, American issues, and queer theory, look no further than Elizabeth Murray. She regularly shares books that are stellar in quality, and her reviews are very useful too. As a customer service agent, it helps to regularly read books that explore various issues. You never know the story of the person who calls you up. Being acquainted with various issues helps you to be more empathic.

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4. Gina Bianchini

If you ever used Ning, a social network building platform, Gina used to be the CEO. These days, she helps businesses create community-powered brands through her company Mighty Networks. Follow her for the latest in Silicon Valley, technology, and general business tips.

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5. Shirley Manson

Garbage's lead singer Shirley Manson is a window to the state of current affairs today. Following her Twitter account is enough to remain updated about all things that are important for a business owner or a customer care executive. She tweets about pop culture, issues that matter, and teaches you how to treat people better. If you were looking for an inspirational person to learn ethics from, she is the right person.

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6. Zahira Kelly

Zahira Kelly, also known as Bad Dominicana, brings a unique perspective on topics such as colorism, racism, body shaming, and current affairs. As a business owner or a customer service agent, you will have to serve people from diverse backgrounds, who may or may not be as privileged as you are. Bad Dominicana's often hard-edged opinions help you to learn about a world that is not always easy to understand. She also makes and sells amazing art.

Twitter, Store

7. Dr. Sarah Ballantine

Whether you are a business owner or an answering agent, it is important to take care of your health and nurture your body. Dr. Sarah Ballantine, also known as The Paleo Mom, has helped thousands of people to eat nutritious foods, reduce inflammation, and heal their bodies slowly but surely. Following her advice might help you to eat and live better, which indeed helps you to serve your customers better.

Twitter, Blog

8. Lucy Marcus

To understand what it takes to be a leader in a changing world, look no further than the insights provided by Lucy Marcus, CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting. She challenges traditional thinking, and helps you think out of the box. And that's a quality that every future leader needs to learn.

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9. Lori Taylor

If you have problems understanding social media, or would like to learn from one of the most important social media influencers, follow Lori Taylor's blog. Her insights help readers learn what it takes to reach diverse audiences using diverse tools.

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10. Sarah Lamb

It can get mighty difficult to understand various gadgets that are continuously released, especially if you run a business and are always looking for technologies to make your life easier. Sarah Lamb brings the latest in all things geeky, gadget-related, and tech reviews on Girly Geekdom.

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11. J.T. O'Donnell

For the best advice on career development, J.T. O'Donnell is the right person to follow. Her LinkedIn posts bring valuable information to those who are looking at sprucing up their careers. Even serial entrepreneurs need career advice in a world that is increasingly changing every day.

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12. Lynne Murphy

For those of us who run answering service businesses, languages are very important. Lynne Murphy is a linguist who regularly discusses the differences between American and British English. This professor of linguistics will help you sharpen your language skills, which is always crucial while running any kind of business.

Twitter

13. Sarah Hannah Gomez

If you would like to explore the difficulties of under-represented people, follow Sarah Hannah Gomez. This writer and activist regularly shares thoughts and opinions about books, current affairs, and gender issues at work.

Twitter

14. Dr. Michele Borba

There is nothing worse than workplace bullying, and if you are an employer, you have a responsibility to protect your employees from getting bullied. Dr. Michele Borba is a psychologist and speaker who helps people to prevent bullying by sharing tips, tricks, and tactics.

Twitter

15. Carrie Jenkins

They say, philosophy is one of the most important subjects for an entrepreneur to understand. It helps one to think divergently, understand logic, and act in ways that the philosophically-unaware may not be able to. Follow Carrie Jenkins, an award-winning philosopher who shares her musings regularly. You will surely begin to change your perspectives.

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16. Ijeoma Oluo

As conversations focus on identities, womanhood, and intersectionality within feminism, it is important for you to remain up-to-date with topics such as colorism, intersectionality, feminism, etc. Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, editor and blogger who shares her insights on Twitter and also on her blog. Her posts help you to understand gender and identity at a closer level, which is helpful to make your workplace better.

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Would you like us to add any other leaders to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.

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