When I first considered buying this book I was turned off by a lot of the negative press and social media banter about it. Many sides of the debate seemed to think she had a problematic position, demanding too much of women or belittling her cause or talking about problems that didn't exist or insulting men in some way.
None of that is true.
There is a lot to say about the problems this book addresses and I feel she both recognizes this and provides thoughtful, relevant summaries of not only the problems but how it affects *everyone*. It's very thoughtful, clear and purposeful. A good read that encourages further discussion.
Sheryl Sandberg is insightful and has the ability to communicate the thoughts and feelings of professional struggles many women have encountered. The message in Lean In is relevant to fresh college graduates and seasoned professional woman alike. As a 30+ year corporate veteran, I have witnessed and personally experienced many moments eloquently and boldy expressed in Lean In.
Sit at the table! It is with this mental image presented in Lean In that I now enjoy sitting in the midst of the men at the large confrence table. Sometimes met with uncomfortable looks from woman colleges but always encouraging my fellow women to join me.
As a female in the brewing industry who has just landed a managerial role at a relatively young age, Sheryl's words hit close to home. I'd say that the "imposter syndrome" resonated the most and is something that I live with every time I get to work. I had to force myself to accept many topics that she covered--as she pointed out, it can be hard for a woman to admit they are feminists. Even typing that is hard.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am happy I listened to it, rather than read it. The reader sounds very much like Sandberg and I found it was like listening to a mentor tell her story. Filled with honestly, openness and great advice, I felt the book gave me another way to view women in the workforce and how much we hold ourselves back at times. Highly recommend!
I also think It should be required reading for all men.