Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to LeadAsk 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 Fortune Magazine S Most Powerful Women In Business Looks At What Women Can Do To Help Themselves, And Make The Small Changes In Their Life That Can Effect Change On A Universal Scale She Draws On Her Own Experiences Working In Some Of The World S Most Successful Businesses, As Well As Academic Research, To Find Practical Answers To The Problems Facing Women In The Workplace.Learning To Lean In Is About Tackling The Anxieties And Preconceptions That Stop Women Reaching The Top Taking A Place At The Table, And Making Yourself A Part Of The Debate. I highly recommend this book As a single mom near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder, the negative reviews would have led me to believe Lean In wasn t for me and that only an elite few could relate To the contrary, I found that Sandberg lends a clear, relevant, necessary voice to issues of leadership and equality for women and men and understanding for parents working in and out of the home.It s a quick yet engaging read She s the first author I ve read who shared what may be our generation s earlier view of feminism yep, good, done, thanks and the fear I always had of being labeled a feminist But I am.The issues she raises are important The inequality, far reaching Sandberg makes excellent points on this being an issue of equality for both sexes I have a son in college I want his options wide open Several years ago I had to start from scratch, to put my public university master s to work waiting tables and then claw to get back into a professional position Somewhere in there, I chose to lose my voice I became afraid I need this job But what would I do if I wasn t afraid It s an excellent question My choices have been different from Sandberg s yet the book still resonated with me I look forward to participating and taking a seat at the table.Lean In is a call for leadership, an invitation to participate in creating a society that values women, mothers, men, fathers, and in which women value and support each other and ourselves Bravo, Ms Sandberg, and thank
Read this book if you want to get inside the head of a power elite Read this book if you want to hear about all of the things that women do wrong, to make sure you don t make the same mistakes And then, read this book if you want to read all about why Marissa Mayer should be supported and treated as our hero, as opposed to our oppressor.I really wanted to like this book As a working Mom who has leaned into opportunities, even with a child, I felt the message would resonate with me And at some points, it did When she recommended we work our tails off up to the point of giving birth, I agreed When she said we should demand job security when we take our maternity leave, I agreed And when she said that we must demand from our partners, I also agreed But there was just too much about this book that I did not like By the time I got to the last chapter and had to hear all about how great Marissa Mayer is, I stopped reading Are you kidding me She is great Taking off two weeks is great For who, exactly Her So great that she had to build a private nursery next to her office to accommodate her childcare needs This book does what every feminist diatribe does fails to give recognition to the great job a women does motherhood Why don t women
Lean In Oh Lean In the book of the moment There are some large complaints about this book That it should be men who change their behavior at work That this book undermines the need to make structural changes in work to diminish barriers to women That women are to blame for the inequality at work All of these are important, but they aren t what the book is about This is a book about how women can change their individual behavior to help them succeed in business as it currently exists Maybe this isn t the best way to reach equality and maybe it s not the most important thing, but that is what the book is about And, to be fair, Sandberg does talk about the need for structural and cultural change as well as that men should change their behavior The author talks about how getting women into positions of leadership will help to change structure and culture, which is probably true What bothered me about this, it the author s blindness to her own privilege She casually notes that she has a nanny She talks about how, when she was a new mother, she and her husband had two year period where he worked in LA and she in the bay It was resolved when he became CEO of SurveyMonkey and moved the company from Portland to San Francisco in order to be closer to his family Uprooting or firing how many people in this process She shares an anecdote about taking her children with
I feel sad that so many people criticize Sheryl s book WITHOUT reading it When I told my husband that I was reading Lean In , he said, Oh, but people say it s for only rich elite women who can afford full time nannies That is a result of malicious rumors.I m not a businesswoman and my background is very different from Sheryl s, but I agree with almost everything she says in this book I have struggled with the same things for the last 50 years I m not competitive and I never wanted to become a big shot But, I wanted to work and when I did a good job I wanted to be recognized I wanted to continue working after I had a baby even though my husband made 5 times as much as me and financially didn t make sense to hire a nanny I thought I was selfish to feel sad about not working I became depressed for a long time Now I have a great work even th
Little story In my previous department we all got nicknames, all of them meant to be very descriptive of the person but also really positive They were brainstormed and then voted on, which actually was a really fun team building But while most people did indeed get some amazing nicknames, my final one was Ms Bossy .After hearing that, I remember heading to the toilets for a good cry, which is something I hardly ever do when there are no books movies or music involved that is Of everything that I am, they picked Bossy as my most descriptive quality, thought it was funny and in some twisted way thought they were doing me a favour as well So when I read the following quote, I was already sold When a girl tries to lead, she is often labelled bossy Boys are seldom called bossy because a boy taking the role of a boss does not surprise or offend As someone who was called this for much of my childhood, I know that it is not a compliment The stories of my childhood bossiness are told and retold with great amusement I had many mixed feelings while reading this book On one hand it is ridiculously sad that society is still where it is, and on the other hand I kept nodding so hard and sometimes I felt like I was hit by alien attack That s the impact some chapters had on me Aliens, her
This is a great start on this particular conversation, but Sandberg leaves out two large groups of women women of color and women who are not wealthy While many women want to sit at the table and lean as far in as the rest of those at the table many women are not invited and or do not have the means to take the risk When you are worried about how you are going t
2.5 stars to be precise Sandberg is far likeable than I expected and I appreciated her self deprecating sense of humour, honesty about her insecurities and enthusiasm for supporting other women I nodded along quite a bit when she talked about crying at work been there, done that and was happy to see her dismantle the guilt trip fallacy that is women having it all Sadly, Lean In is corporate feminism with an extremely narrow focus that excludes most women Corporate feminism is the idea that if we put enough women in CEO positions then that ll trickle down to the rest of the gender Sadly, it just doesn t work that way Sandberg is at least self aware enough to acknowledge how privileged she is but that still blinds her a little Her focus is narrow ignores costs of education, childcare, women in part time work, lack of mentors, sexual harassment in the workplace, the exclusion of women of colour from business and discrimination in the workplace, etc Some of these issues are briefly touched upon, and I emphasise briefly a lot there, but it s just not enough For example, Sandberg talks about finding good mentors because studies have proven how effective they are in maintaining morale, seeking promotion and so on, but no
While this book by the COO of Facebook is ostensibly about women in the workplace, it s really about subconscious cognitive biases A majority of Americans may consider women and men to be equal on the surface, but the fact that women still lag significantly behind men in both pay and leadership positions points to the fact that there is something else going on.In this book, Sandberg does an excellent job at shining light on exactly what is standing in the way of full equality She offers many examples, both personal and from referenced studies, that highlight why women who start even slightly ahead of men out of college rapidly fall behind when they enter the workforce Some of these are systemically entrenched gender biases that favor men, such as identical resumes being rated as qualified when they had a man s name on them than they were when they had a woman s name on them, while others are ways women limit themselves as they make choices about their careers.I suspect those who criticize Sandberg as blaming wom
Although this book is certain to help many women, I gave it 4 stars because some of the advice has already been shared in similar books perhaps without as much research and statistics to back things up but stillSomeone asked me for a cliffs notes version and the best I can say is to search online for Sheryl Sandberg s TEDWomen talk in 2010 It is a 15 minute long speech that basically sums up her most pertinent points in this book.This isn t necessarily a book on how to climb the career ladder, as some might think, it offers some advice for your home life as well especially about picking the right partner.I am glad she wrote this book and that it is getting so much attention because we women need to hear these things.I don t think anyone who actually reads this book will argue much with her points, despite some media mommy bloggers trying to paint this as blaming women Ms Sandberg is actually not blaming anyone She is simply sharing the current situation
This book is terrible on all levels It is written at a level beneath anyone who might hope to achieve the type of success she discusses And the message is wrong I consider myself a woman who is successful in the workplace, but not because I act aggressive like a man rather, because I recognize my strengths and weaknesses and behave accordingly That should be a human way to succeed not man vs woman I don t want advice from a woman who is so oblivious of her actions that she supposedly needed her executive assistant to tell her that she should own her accomplishments, not belittle them And, all of the obvious statements in her book are lifted fr

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
  • Sheryl Sandberg
  • English
  • 05 June 2018
  • 9780753541630