Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power - grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly 2,000,000 times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.
©2013 Sheryl Sandberg; 2013 Random House Audio
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the data is depressing (lots of research on gender inequality) but I was motivated and inspired to do more with my career. I thought the narrator did a nice job at injecting feeling and emphasis and the pace was good. I plan to give this book to others, I think it is that important. I wish men would listen to this book too!
Could not have purchased this with better timing as a mid-20-something finishing grad school and starting her career. Will definitely listen to this as a reminder any time I don't feel strong enough or qualified enough to "sit at the table"
Life long student of life.
I can't say enough how much I related to Sheryl's own experiences in school and in the professional world. Her candid insights and encouragement to "lean in" is very motivating. I honestly felt that the reassurance she provided made me feel more confident in my decision making process.
The only chapter I did not relate to was one aimed at working moms. This is only because I'm not at that stage in my life, but it was interesting to hear this perspective and the arguments she presented for both the working mom and stay at home mom.
I plan to buy this book for the young ladies in my office as a gift.
Advice I wish I had years ago, mixed with admissions that hit far too close to home. This book will change the way I forge ahead in my career and in my family.
This book is a good reality check for female manages, like me, particularly in male dominated fields. After working in a predominately male world most of my career, I had become blind to trends and immune to activities that have been reframed by this book. Not any more....
This book is also a great read for men - we women can't do it alone, you have a very important role.
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.
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