Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead

Hardcover | March 11, 2013

bySheryl Sandberg

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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.

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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 ca...

Sheryl SandbergChief Operating OfficerFacebook Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank. Sheryl rece...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.6 × 5.9 × 0.9 inPublished:March 11, 2013Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! I am so pleased with this book. I'm a young woman, looking to enter the workforce as a lawyer and I've had so many qualms about the process and my work-life balance. I've spoken about this with my female peers in law and it's interesting to note that we all share similar concerns. What I loved about this book is that I identified with so many aspects of it, and I think anyone, whether male or female should read this book because it is incredibly empowering. There needs to be a sequel to this, with more practical advice, similar to the advice within the negotiations chapter. I'd like to know what sorts of phrases, actions, etc I can use to help me further my goals, how to handle tricky situations (eg. feeling disrespected by a client because you're a woman, etc.)
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, workforce andblife A very genuine testimony, honesty is always the best policy. It is always very interesting to read about the vulnerability of strong women in the workforce, makes reading all themore enjoyable when one can relate. I recommend the book to both men and women.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Inspirational and meaningful I am so glad I bought thus book. I will be adding it to my personal library to refer to it latter. I couldn't believe how much it applied. Truly inspirational. A must read.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read! This book is really good and I highly recommend this. I don't see myself as a feminist and I have found this book more inspirational on the personal plan than a book about inequality of genders. Plus, it gives you an outcome on the reality in the workforce. Sheryl Sandberg is a great leader and an example for women.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, workforce andblife I enjoyed this book. Most of the tips can serve as helpful reminders, if not totally new information, for ambitious women. I was a little discouraged by some of her theories (maintain the status quo until, eventually, there are enough women around to change it), but it provides some food for thought.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead Easy and insightful reading! Great content!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead This was a fantastic book that was continually discussed among my girlfriends, colleagues and other small business owners who I network with. I found the whole time I was nodding my head in agreement and was empowered to want to move forward and continue to pave the way for my daughter and generations to come as women continue to know that they can lead in the workforce and have a family successfully.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead I loved this book. As a young professional and new mom I found some great tips on advancing my career while taking the time to enjoy my life at home. Though there has been much debate over Sandberg's advice, I feel that there is still a lot to take from this book. I recommend this book to all women and men to gain a greater understanding of what women face in our society.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Women, work and the will to lead I picked this book for our book club and all of us enjoyed it. We had thought provoking discussions on marriage, children and careers after reading it. Sheryl Sandberg brings up professional issues that I think are important, under-discussed, under-recognized, and in some cases, people won't acknowledge exists. This isn't necessarily a "how-to" book but more of a book on how to recognize certain traits, characteristics, and behaviors that both men and women possess, and the impact it has on women in the workplace. I applaud Sandberg for stepping outside of her own comfort zone, as she writes early in the book, to bring these issues to the table. She is correct in that the women's movement has somewhat stagnated and that the movement has become complacent, and more women struggle with the "work-life" balance in their careers. I thought her discussion of the topics were fresh, engaging, and insightful. Since I have finished reading this book, I have kept talking about it, thinking about it, and attempting to put the concepts into practice.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational This book taught me to never limit myself and undermine my own ability. It's OK to not be perfect and ask for help. Sheryl was very personable in the book. She showed her "human" side and told stories where she was upset, scared, or embarrassed. I was glad that she wrote her life lessons in such a way that doesn't pretend to be perfect and a ruthless superwoman like so many other books. I would say this is a must read.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Empowering! Strength. Honesty. Composure. Empowerment. Thank you Sheryl!
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring Great read. Lots of practical advice.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic This should be required reading for men as well.
Date published: 2013-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book gave me new insight on life as a woman. It's comforting to know that other women have the same conflicts about balancing work and being at home as I do. Sandberg's guidance of trying to make choices that are right-fit for the individual has encouraged me to "lean in" further. I hope that I can concentrate on accomplishing what is important for me rather than trying to be perfect and "having it all."
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Question What would you do if you weren't afraid?
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but ... Whether one agrees with her views in this book is not of major significance when reading it; rather it is more about learning about one successful woman's experiences - ups and downs as she strives towards her goals in her career, how she handles all the various aspects of her life and some glimpses into the people whom she has come in touch with. I enjoyed reading it and gained a lot of knowledge though after eight chapters the content became less interesting as ideas seem to be more or less the same for the remaining three chapters.
Date published: 2013-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean In Loved this book. It is a great resource for me to have read at a point in my life that will influence not only my career but also my personal life. I have spoken about many of Sheryl's ideas in conversation with friends since I started this book. I also decided to 'lean in' 5 months before I was going on mat leave and I believe it was the best decision I could have made for myself. I highly recommend this book to all women and men!
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mom Student Government Worker I think this book should be read at any stage of life, helpful reminders that encourage you in your day. Seeing clearly how you value yourself and others. Reminds you of your own blindspots in behaviour and power dynamics. Thank you Sheryl for your kind straight to the point attitude and commitment to empowerment.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lean In Review Loved this book! I believe that everyone no matter what gender needs to read this book. Working for a large corporation I would have to agree with many of Sheryl's theories. I think that regardless everyone wants to succeed in both their professional and personal lives. People who want to make a difference will. Just remember we are all in this together. I believe some of the best ideas and revolutionary technologies have been created by a collaboration of people. I even liked reading the acknowledgments because it showed that many people contributed to this book. I think people who can get along with others and generally want to see both women and men succeed will be the game changers. I think women in the work force need to re-read the section about women mentoring and helping other women. I have had some of the best mentors around that have pushed hard to have others recognize my work. Quite frankly that can help you move up. You need to be your own advocate but it also helps when you have other people cheering from the sidelines. I understand being a woman it becomes competitive because you want to move up faster than your peers, however keep in mind the people who have helped you along the way and try your best to do the same for others. Because like I said we are all in this together. Overall great read!
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated out of 5 by from This is an easy read, but also a valuable one for both women and parents of girls. I have always believed that women cannot have it all and therefore gave up many professional opportunities for my role as a mother and wife. As I get older I have discovered that women can have what is important to us as individuals and this book supports that. I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2013-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and honest Sandberg bears all with insight and humour. She is an inspiration to the human race.
Date published: 2013-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thank You Sheryl As a professional and a mother it is a big relief to know I am not alone in my internal debates, fears and guilt-trips. Sheryl's explanation of how our own behaviours hold us back is fantastic - I see myself and many of my colleagues in her descriptions, and I know we can do this better. My copy is an audio book. Love the content, but did not like the reader's style at all. My recommendation - read it - don't listen to it.
Date published: 2013-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Every professional should read this book - I read it in 2 days. As a professional woman, it gave a voice to everything I have thought but never said. I learned a lot from reading this book, I gave one to my sister and a woman who used to report to me. Great read.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just finished this amazing book I highly recommend it to all women who want to make a difference in this world.
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Bookclub Guide

US1. What does “lean in” mean? Why do you think women need to be urged to lean in?2. The first three words in the book are “I got pregnant.” What does this signal about the kind of business book Lean In will be?3. When Sandberg says, “The promise of equality is not the same as true equality” (p. 7), what does she mean? Have you found this statement to be accurate?4. Why is “ambitious” often considered a derogatory word when used to describe a woman but complimentary when used to describe a man?5. In chapter 2, Sandberg discusses the impostor syndrome: feeling like a fraud, fearing discovery with each success. Why do women feel this way more often than men do? What causes the gender gap?6. Sandberg believes that there are times when you can reach for opportunities even if you are not sure you are quite ready to take them on—and then learn by doing.  Have you ever tried this?  What have you tried?  What was the result?7. What did you learn from the anecdote on page 36, about keeping your hand up?8. Why did Sandberg respond so negatively to being named the fifth most powerful woman in the world?9. When negotiating, Sandberg tells women to use the word “we” rather than “I.” Why does the choice of pronoun make such a difference? 10. On page 48, Sandberg says, “I understand the paradox of advising women to change the world by adhering to biased rules and expectations.” How do you feel about her advice?11. What’s your take on Sandberg’s suggestion that we think of the path to a satisfying career as a jungle gym rather than a ladder? 12. Sandberg argues that taking risks can be important in building a career.  How have you approached risk-taking in your life?13. Sandberg argues that mentorship relationships rarely happen from asking strangers to mentor you, but rather from an opportunity to engage with someone in a more substantive way.  How has mentorship worked in your own experience?14. People who believe that they speak “the truth” and not “their truth” can be very silencing of others, Sandberg says on page 79. What does she mean by this?15. When considering employment after motherhood, Sandberg suggests that women shift the calculations and measure the current cost of child care against their salary ten years from now. Why is this a more effective perspective than just considering current costs? If you’re a parent, would this change your attitude toward employment and money?16. In chapter 9, Sandberg blasts the myth of “having it all,” or even “doing it all,” and points to a poster on the wall at Facebook as a good motto: “Done is better than perfect.” (p. 125) What perfectionist attitudes have you dropped in order to find contentment?17. Sandberg and her husband have different viewpoints about parenting: She worries about taking too much time away from their kids, while he’s proud of the time he does spend with them. Would it help women to adopt an attitude more like his?18. In chapter 10, Sandberg discusses how the term “feminist” has taken on negative connotations. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why?19. Discuss this assertion: “Staying quiet and fitting in may have been all the first generations of women who entered corporate America could do; in some cases, it might still be the safest path. But this strategy is not paying off for women as a group. Instead, we need to speak out, identify the barriers that are holding women back, and find solutions” (pp. 146–47).20. In the book’s final chapter, Sandberg talks about the need to work together to create equality—to allow women to thrive in the workplace, and to allow men to participate proudly in the home and child rearing. What steps can you take right now to begin to make this happen?