This Is All You Have to Do to Get a Top-Management Position

“Female leadership is an imperative for organizations that want to perform at the highest levels. Yet based on the slow rate of progress over the last three years, it will take twenty-five years to reach gender parity at the senior-VP level and more than one hundred years in the C-suite,” a study conducted by McKinsey & Co. and LeanIn.org reports.

Whether you’ve got your eye on that big promotion or you’re pursuing an entrepreneurial venture of your own, making it in today’s business world is no easy task for us women — and while we like to believe that improvements are being made in terms of gender equality in the workplace, we are still long ways away to an even playing field in the workplace.

The good news though is that there are steps you can take today that will help put you at a competitive advantage for that big promotion in the future.  The study suggests that one tactic to  help women get to the highest levels of their organization is to “create a virtuous cycle of female leadership.” According to the study, this means creating an environment in the office that fosters female leadership. That’s right. The research shows that for gender-equality to happen senior-level women need become more optimistic so they continue to push to reach the highest levels of the organization and serve as positive role models for more junior women.

Women don’t have to be mean, masculine or overly objectified to succeed in a top management position in business: We can be us and we can have it all. Strong businesswomen such as Anna Wintour (Editor-in-chief of Vogue), Indra Nooyi (CEO and chair of PepsiCo) and Arianna Huffington (co-founder of The Huffington Post) have paved the way and shown us that it is possible and highly rewarding for a woman to make it to the C-Suite—we’re all in this together!

As in so many things in life, knowledge is power—so that means we need to understand our finances in order to live the lives we want and deserve.  Luckily, Ellevest, a unique digital investment platform for women, launched “The Go-Getter’s Guide To Investing,” a free guide that breaks down investing for a female audience (Yasss!), providing a money cheat sheet for all of us newbies.

“Money is power, independence, freedom, and living the lives that we want — lives that our mothers and grandmothers couldn’t have imagined,” Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder, and CEO of Ellevest tells Style Salute. So, no matter what stage you are in your life, there are ways to take your finances into your own hands.

Inspired to make it to the top? Shop our favorite go-getter leadership books below!

Women, Work & the Art of Savior Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility
Mireille Guiliano Women, Work & the Art of Savior Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility ($13.69)
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The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success
by Grace Killelea The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success ($14.07)
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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers
by Lois P. Frankel Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers
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The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs
by Natalie MacNeil The Conquer Kit: A Creative Business Planner for Women Entrepreneurs ($13.38)
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Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn
Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman: What Men Know About Success that Women Need to Learn ($16)
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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead ($24.95)
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Own It: The Power of Women at Work
Own It: The Power of Women at Work ($27)
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Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
by Jessica Bacal Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong ($12.28)
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Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth
by Mika Brzezinski Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth ($8.42)
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#GIRLBOSS
#GIRLBOSS ($16)
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Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur ($15)
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If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You
by Kelly Cutrone If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You ($11.66)
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The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know
The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know ($27.99)
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Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead
by Tara Mohr Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead ($12.03)
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How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life
by Joanna Barsh, Susie Cranston and Geoffrey Lewis How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life ($9.55)
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Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media.
v Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. ($26)
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Next up, 7 things every woman should know before asking for a raise.

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Original artwork by Libby VanderPloeg.

Disclosures: We’re excited to be partnering with Ellevest to start this conversation about women and money. We may receive compensation if you become an Ellevest client.