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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Paperback – 6 Aug 2015
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"A landmark manifesto" (New York Times)
"Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous … Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible … While it’s obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg’s book, so do men – perhaps even more so" (Guardian)
"A brave book to write … direct, funny and critical" (The Economist)
"The business manual of the year" (The Times)
"Any woman should welcome Lean In as a guide to cracking the glass ceiling" (Independent)
A provocative and inspiring work on overcoming the obstacles facing women on the path to leadershipSee all Product description
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What she has said is: I am a working woman with kids who wants my daughter, and every other woman's daughter, to have equal opportunities as she grows up. And I believe a world where woman are in positions of power and influence will be a better world for everyone.
This clear and simple message seems to have got lost in a row about who she is - too successful, too rich, too white, too first world. All arguments that she deals with graciously and thoughtfully in the book. In fact having read it, I assume that the people who have weighed in with the most criticism just haven't bothered to read and considered what she has written. I would read it and consider it on its merits. As a book, it does quote a lot of research, and it doesn't always flow well. But it still contains some important messages. Well done her for taking the risk in putting her head above the parapet and starting a debate about what it means to be a woman in the 21st Century.
Sandberg makes some really interesting points about the ways that men and women are judged differently (by people of both sexes) and that like it or not, women need to understand this and work with it rather than fighting it. Women can't behave in exactly the same ways that men do and get away with it. She also talks about mistakes that women make, like avoiding new jobs or responsibilities because they plan to have a family soon. She makes the point that the time to cut back is after the baby arrives, not before - and that possibly, if the job is satisfying you, you may make different decisions to the ones that you anticipated.
This is very much a book that is encouraging women to climb corporate ladders (Sandberg's point being that the more women there are at high levels, the more that all women in the workforce will benefit). What she doesn't address is the issues that women may face if they don't want their lives to be so career driven. While she is an advocate for paid parental leave, she talks about taking off weeks (maybe a few months). Her idea of cutting back is leaving work at 5.30pm but then putting in several more hours later at night.Read more ›
A lot of what SS says chimed with me. I don't believe we have perfect equality yet, but I certainly believe that I've had opportunities that weren't available to my mother or her generation, let alone to women in less developed parts of the world. I am thankful to earlier generations of feminists for their work and for being born in the UK.
I was also brought up with the expectation that I would work and support myself; that my parents would support me through my education, but then the rest was up to me. Finding a rich husband wasn't encouraged...nor discouraged for that matter. I am grateful to them for letting me discover my own path.
I do agree there are subtle differences in how girls are brought up and how we are treated in the workplace. "Benevolent sexism" Sheryl calls it. Girls are encouraged to be good and nice and not assert themselves too much, especially around boys. Women in powerful positions are judged far more harshly than their male counterparts by both men AND women. It always shocks me how appearance seems to matter so much more for women than for men for example. Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel all had to modify their appearance. John Prescott could certainly afford to, but never did!
But I also agree that we hold ourselves back, or don't "lean in" as Sheryl would say. I can think of countless times when I let male colleagues dominate in meetings or didn't put myself forward for things. I didn't want to get noticed too much.Read more ›
I hoped that was not Sheryl’s ‘thing’.
Just how I came to have ‘Lean in’ in my holiday suitcase I am not sure, but a respected client had mentioned it as having been instrumental in developing their women in leadership programme and I had bought it as a ‘skimmer’ book for one of my many train journeys. In the rush to pack and wanting some light relief from the neuroscience books already packed I placed it at the bottom of the reading list knowing that by the time it reached the top some other distraction would hopefully have trumped it.
How stupid was (am) I? I started to read it on holiday, day 9 of 14, whilst in Cannes. I am a little shamed to say that I missed many of the town delights, including my planned trip to the famous beach, because this book was totally enthralling. Firstly, this is not your usual ‘How Sheryl got to the top’ book. Nor a gospel according to Sheryl. You have to pick around the chapters to piece together the author’s career and the central tenets are laid out as the chapter headings. And there is not one duff chapter.Read more ›
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This book is a well written eye opener about women in the workforce. It really makes you take a look at yourself and the business world. I highly recommend it.Published 2 days ago
I was really looking forward to reading this but found myself skipping over pages after a couple of chapters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Stardust
Thought provoking for me on issues I haven't really thought about before.Published 10 days ago by Book devourer
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I listened to this on audio book on my commute to and from work and it is one of the best books I have read/listened to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I recommend this to all women or girls who are starting their careers - the book gives a fresh and different perspective worth considering.