Have just stumbled across this little gem of a book "What would Boudicca do?" My daughter has been reading it after finishing her school's production of the play "Boudicca" so I have borrowed it to share.
It turns to some of the most celebrated women from history for some light-hearted advice, two of my personal favourites (well I am British) are:
Boudicca - standing up for herself and a source of encouragement for anyone who struggles with assertiveness
Elizabeth I - a punchy communicator who used so called "soft skills" like persuasion, interpersonal skills, networking and powerful public speaking to push through tough decisions
Both demonstrated skills in their male dominated worlds that wouldn't be out of place in today's modern workplace... of course, let's not chop any heads off please!