Lean in

Lean in

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Book - 2013
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Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune 's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time 's 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to "sit at the table," seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of "having it all."  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. 

Written with both humor and wisdom , Sandberg's book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can't do to what they can.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
ISBN: 9780385349949
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Scovell, Nell


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Aug 04, 2017

I sincerely enjoyed reading Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. Sheryl addressed so much of what women go through when trying to build a thriving career. Her tone isn't judgmental or condescending towards women or men for that matter, but simply passionate about the subject.

I know that some other reviews about this book made it a point to point out that Sheryl had a privileged background. Well, I'm a Black woman and did not grow up privileged; but I still appreciated her perspective on women pursuing their careers unapologetically. Lean In is definitely a book that I'd encourage any woman in the workplace to read if they desire to grow and excel in their careers.

Jun 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book because it verbalized a lot of what women struggle with and things that I have struggled with myself. I also completely disagree with JSmom - this is exactly what we shouldn't be doing. We shouldn't marginalize other womens' accomplishments. I agree that it is different for a woman coming from a privileged family versus one that did not and also for someone who is a visible minority or a different sexual orientation. However, Sheryl has still had a very successful career and is a remarkable woman. Just because she was perhaps privileged, it does not make her any less talented or less capable. Just because you have certain struggles in your life, doesn't mean that everyone should have those struggles. Those who struggle less should help those who may struggle more which is exactly what she is doing. Plus, the proceeds from the book go to a non-profit, not into her pocket.

Ultimately I think this is a great read that hopefully inspires many women and men to work towards equality together.

Nov 22, 2016

Reading this nonsense book is a total waste of time. Another privileged person who started from the top takes credit for hitting a home run.

By using family connections, she landed under the wing of Larry Summers at Harvard. Once you have the email address; @harvard.edu, it is fair winds and following seas.
Imagine never having to worry about affording food, clothing, shelter and the very best medical care. Of course, you can have it all with a nurse, a nanny , a cook and housekeeper whose services will set you back a mere $200.000 a year. This is a woman of privilege and buying this stupid book only makes her richer. If you must read it, borrow it from the library.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 02, 2016

Sheryl Sandberg gave a commencement speech about leaning into careers, and then decided to expand that into this book. The book is a balance between research and personal experiences, and Sandberg gives practical solutions to problems in the workplace. Sandberg is an incredibly successful business woman, and she shows that it is possible to have a career and family at the same time. Her advice is for everyone to stop being afraid that focusing on career will mean the rest of your life suffers because it is possible to find a balance. There are times she seems blind to the economic struggles a lot of women face, and that’s really the only complaint I have about this book.

TSCPL_LissaS Jun 01, 2016

I originally avoided reading this book based on headlines of social media articles, because I didn't think I wanted to Lean In. That strategy for evaluating my reading choices wasn't very well informed. Luckily, I was challenged to read the book for the library's podcast, and I really enjoyed both the practical feminism and the recommendations for ALL people to help bring awareness to issues that affect women in the workplace.

LoganLib_Adults Apr 12, 2016

Enlightening and easy to read - lots of 'aha' moments. I'd particularly recommend to young women, but great for all ages to help unveil self-limiting assumptions. I found the second half less compelling that than the first half, but 'lean in' ladies!

Apr 01, 2016

A very good for both men and women. There is a lot to learn from this about working parents, Sheryl has put a lot of examples from her daily life and other people's experiences. A great read all the way to the end.

Nov 07, 2015

I really enjoyed LEAN IN. The advice may not be universal, but it is heartfelt and comes from a noble place. Sheryl Sandberg speaks from the position of a fairly privileged white working mother because she is one. She is sharing her experience; it would be unfair to judge her for being exclusionary because she didn't address single women, visible minorities, or low-income women. She addresses this fact a few times and is almost apologetic, but she cannot walk in someone else's skin. She is simply telling her own tale and I find it remarkably interesting. She consistently says that she knows her path is not the same as everyone else's, nor does she say it has to be. In fact, one of the final chapters addresses women supporting women, no matter what their choices may be. I think her points are great and made in a wonderful anecdotal fashion, and it is women like her who make me proud to be a feminist.

Jul 28, 2015

This is an excellent read for both men and women alike. I have read quite a bit on what it means to be a feminist and what women can do to get a more equal part in the workforce. I did not expect the much needed insight Sandberg shares on how to make men a more equal part in the home. I also appreciate her candor in recognizing that women simply can't act like men in order to accomplish equality. This is highly recommended for anyone who's looking to get insight and make impact on their professional and family lives, and make a difference on the next generation of workers and children.

Jul 07, 2015

I really enjoyed this although I didn't expect to. So many of her observations ring true for me, and I realize that I (female in the tech industry) am often guilty of stereotypes with my own gender. An eye-opening and empowering book for anyone who cares about the success of their organization and how to attract and retain talented people and a diverse workforce.

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Oct 04, 2013

One of the things [Mark] told me was that my desire to be liked by everyone would hold me back. He said that when you want to change things, you can't please everyone. If you please everyone, you aren't making enough progress.

Oct 04, 2013

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.

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