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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)
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However, ever since then, I have been following the news and updates about her, including her interviews and TED Talks. So when I finally got to reading (in my case listening to) her book – Lean In, I kinda had an idea of what I was getting into, and I must say that the book did live up to the expectations I had of it.
Lean In, as Sheryl Sandberg describes it, is ‘sort of a feminist manifesto’, and now that I’ve read the book, I must say that this is an important disclaimer, that many people either ignore or overlook.
I say this because this book has been heavily criticized for alienating a lot of women, while pretending to represent them. However, I don’t agree with this POV. I personally don’t think that the author had any illusions of representing everyone.
In-fact right from the very beginning it was pretty clear that this book is mostly focused on women who are/want to be a part of the workforce.
Now that doesn’t meant that other women (or men for that matter) won’t be able to get anything out of it. All it means is that the author never pretended to speak on behalf of everyone, because no one can.
Also, while it does focus on the women who want to build a career for themselves, it’s not a guide on how to climb the career ladder. In-fact, the author insists that these days there is no ladder to climb, and that you must look at your career as a jungle gym instead – bouncing from one great opportunity to the other.
The one thing that I really liked about this book is that the author gives a lot of examples from her personal and professional life, which makes her easy to relate to. I personally could relate to a lot of things she was saying, even though we do not have much in common (or anything at all, really)- not the socio-economic background, not even the same stage or phase of life.
So honestly, when I hear some reviewers saying that this book is only for the super elite, who can afford full time nannies, while they go jet-setting around the world, I don’t know what they are talking about.
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Two things need to be pointed out. Firstly, while the central argument is indeed "speak up in meetings, go for promotions, ask for raises" etc etc, it's more nuanced than lots of commentators seem to suggest, and far from blaming women for their own lack of advancement is fully aware of the unconscious bias that both men and women can show in the workplace, and suggests ways in which women may have to handle negotiations and applications differently to men to not fall foul of managers' assumptions.
Secondly, as most people know, the author is the COO of Facebook and previously held senior roles at both Google and the US Treasury. She also had kids. She makes a token effort to point out how the arguments of this book also apply to women who don't want kids/stay at home mothers/women working in more menial roles, but fundamentally, this is aimed at at focussed on women who want to get to the top of professional organisations and probably also have a family. There's nothing wrong with that, and that's exactly the position I'm in, but it's worth pointing out so that other demographics don't read this and feel cheated.
The book combines three elements - stories from her rise to the top, mixed with anecdotes about successes and set-backs amongst her friends, family and colleagues, sociological research and commentary on the experience of women in the workplace (impressively footnooted), and a sort of manifesto for how women can maximise their careers. It occasionally felt like an uneasy combination, but on the whole, it worked well.
It was a little repetitive in places, there was a bit of name-dropping and "humble-bragging" ("I won this top award at university, but I didn't tell anyone because I wanted them to like me"), and I sometimes got the impression that the author fundamentally felt that her way was the right way and other women were doing it wrong. Despite that, I came to rather like Sheryl and her outlook, and I definitely took away some useful things to think about.
Worth a direct read - rather than a read of a comment piece attacking or supporting it - if you're either a woman trying to make it in the professional world, someone with an interest in the sociological aspects of woman and work, or if you just want an inspiring tale of a woman who's done fantastically well in a male dominated environment.
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