Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Downloading a Kindle copy today of the new book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg today felt like my birthday, only instead of cake and getting older, I felt inspired and lighter. Even though I’m an author and love book reviews on my work, I rarely take the time myself to leave a review. Today was different. I felt it important to write a review of “Lean In”. If you’ve read the book let me know what you think!

Kindle & Hardcover Available on Amazon. My Kindle highlights and notes are online as well.

Sheryl Sandberg Lean InMy review:

Listen, not everyone is going to like this book. It may make some people uncomfortable either with themselves or their environment. Some people may claim that this book is all about making women feel they haven’t pushed far enough into board rooms or into C-Suites. I have read this book, and as a highly successful solo-business owner that ditched corporate to rise higher, it **really** hit home. Not every woman WANTS to run a company (big or small) or even work outside her home, but every woman needs to have the right to be a leader in every capacity she wants. The book’s message above all else is that no matter your background, education, upbringing or position of power in the workplace or your family is that as women we NEED to know that any choice we make will be met with the same enthusiasm and respect that our men counterparts enjoy.

There was a perfect mix of research data, personal / professional stories from Ms. Sandberg, and other professional women’s stories at all levels of leadership. While the author is in a much different professional position than I am, I still found the content very relatable as I too identify as a ‘geek’ that has ignored (or been naive to) the obstacles in my way – either externally or by my own doing. I also appreciate her request that men also read the book to understand the struggles that modern women face everyday that, even with the best of intentions, men often don’t recognize. Men and women are not the same, she as well as I admit this, but in the workplace and the world the idea that each person be allowed to work and lead to their best capacity and contribute EQUALLY to our environment.

I bought this on Kindle so I could start reading it immediately, but I will go back and purchase the hardcover because I see myself making a lot of dog-eared pages and notes in the margins – and then passing it along to other women in my network to act as a catalyst and inspiration to all who read it.

- Lynette Young (Owner, Purple Stipe Productions | Founder, Women of Google+ | Author, Google+ for Small Businesses)

1 Comment

  1. Good review. There has been a lot of chatter on both sides of the opinion equation about her book. I haven’t read it yet, but based on the comments, I don’t want to comment on what I think her message is until I have. Did you see this article by Avivah Wittenberg-Cox? http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/women_dont_need_to_lean_in.html Needless to say the conversation has been very interesting. Can’t wait to read it myself and chime in with my three cents.

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