Friday, November 6, 2015

Lean In

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg : Alfred A. Knopf 2013

Summary: Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortunemagazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

My Review: This book changed my life and where I stand as a women and the leader I want to be. As someone who is hoping for a place in the career world its going to take alot of courage to challenge the process, enable other to act, and to put yourself out there. Sheryl Sandberg is truly inspirational.  It is a must read! Here are some highlighted themes worth mentioning in her book. 

  1. The Leadership Ambition Gap: What Would You Do if You Weren't Afraid? 
  2. Sit at the Table 
  3. Success and Likeability
  4. It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder 
  5. Are You My Mentor?
  6. Seek and Speak Your Truth 
  7. Don't Leave before you Leave 
  8. Make your Partner a real Partner 
  9. The Myth of Doing it All 
  10. Let's Start Talking about it
  11. Working Together Toward Equality

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