Lean In

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


Lean In By: Social Media Guru Sheryl Sandberg's

Why has this book been attacked and been so controversial?  In plain spoken words, Sandberg proposes why she thinks women are not in top level positions in business and government and what women can do about it.

Women in Leadership Statistics

Sandberg examines why so few women are making it to the top of the business world.  She states that only 15 – 16% of C-level jobs or Board seats are filled by women while more than 50% of college students are women.  Even more disturbing is the numbers are not moving in the right direction.

Lean In Shares Sheryl Sandberg's Observations and Advice: 

  • Don’t underestimate yourself and your talents. Overwhelmingly, women underestimate themselves.
  • You get what you think you deserve.
  • Sit at the table.
  • Today career paths are a jungle gym not ladders.
  • Look for challenging work assignments.
  • Step up and take advantage of opportunities.
  • Make your partner your real partner
  • Don’t leave before you leave.

TED Talk Presentation

Sandberg gave a 15 minute TED Talk highlighting a few of her observations.  You can see it here:


Do you know a young woman in high school or college?  If the answer is yes, then go online, order this book and send it to them today.  Indeed, everyone could benefit from reading this book.

Lean In Groups and Support Activities to Accompany the Book

Accompanying the book is a website that encourages women to form groups to further explore the ideas discussed in the book and to support each other in their careers.  Here’s the link:  http://leanin.org/circles

What can you personally do to change this trajectory?  I have some ideas that I will be sharing over the next few months.

Your Comments and Ideas about Women in Leadership are Welcome

I’d love to hear your ideas.

Have you read Lean In?

What are you doing to change the statistics for Women in Leadership positions?

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by: Sheryl Sandberg
publisher: Knopf, published: 2013-03-12
ASIN: 0385349947
EAN: 9780385349949
sales rank: 4
price: $9.71 (new), $9.95 (used)

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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