Lean in

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sandberg, Sheryl

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lean in
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 more 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.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385349949
Branch Call Number: 658.4092082 S2138L 2013
Characteristics: 228 pages,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Scovell, Nell


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Sandberg--Facebook COO, ranked eighth on "Fortune"'s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business--has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders. She urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged.

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Jul 01, 2014
  • ehm_chen rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I felt like I was reading a women's study essay, and felt the book really didn't need to be as long as it did. I found the writing itself rather weak, actually. Some of the anecdotes were interesting. A lot of her suggestions sound good in theory, but how to achieve them were rather glossed over — idealism abound. She mentioned over and over that this was a book for everyone, but it really didn't speak to me. I'm a working Mom and have run my own business for over a decade, so it's not as though I was miffed by her emphasis on making it in the workforce... but I just don't buy into a lot of what she was suggesting women should be shooting for. Lots of emphasis on working our ways to the top to change things once we're there... If that's your interest, this could be an inspiring and helpful read; if not, you may not feel compelled to finish the book, as was the case for me.

Jun 14, 2014
  • jkovacs rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book and thought that Sandberg had many good points. There were some parts that I was nodding my head in agreement and others that I thought she was a bit out of touch with my reality. It was very well researched but a very down to earth approach on the subject of equality for women in the workplace. Glad I read it.

Jun 02, 2014
  • pagetraveler rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Torn. I thought that the first few chapter were both important and necessary for women to hear, but she really feel off after that. She doesn't seem to put women who never want kids into the equation, she seems to be speaking to a group of women I can not relate to and may make many feel alienated (those with money making jobs that create opportunities for nannies or housekeepers), and the name dropping got to the point where I wasn't entirely sure who anyone was.

Mar 05, 2014
  • longlivesmilies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Well written. Includes a lot of anecdotes and statistics that confirm Feminism is very much still needed today.
To critics who thought her viewpoint was too limited: ANY steps toward equality are a good thing, everyone's viewpoint is limited in some way, and there are parts of the book that are useful to everyone.

Feb 12, 2014
  • beckythecat1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent if your are under 35 years AND in a high paying managerial job. If, you are a low level clerical, the ideas in this book could/would get you fired. O, and having an MA from Harvard would help.
I am over 60 and out of the work force now. This might have helped when I was a new university graduate. Plus, helps if you have a highly paid spouse/partner. Read with several grains of salt.

Nov 24, 2013
  • Thai5357 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This is good (at best) for someone that didn't learn about women's studies in college.

I minored in Women's Studies but learned about women in the global context, so this contained few new material for me. This book is about a very small area of focus: white, high SES women in America, and I found it made huge overgenearalizations.

Nov 15, 2013
  • Utenochek rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This book is disturbing. It creates unrealistic expectations based on an experience of the priviliged elite.

Aug 19, 2013

Loved this book. As a middle age woman who has stayed home with children for many years, I found it inspiring and encouraging to now not hesitate and move forward as I consider my future. It's been on hold for a long time. Great read for teens approaching their future. I agree men should read it too. Enjoy!

Jul 31, 2013
  • dgr rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book and Sandberg makes a lot of valid points. Unfortunately, she buries them with male-bashing, unsupported generalizations about men and non-sequitirs. She seems to lack an awareness of the dark side of the world, the dark side of women in particular and her own position as an "employee" of 3 of the most ethically-challenged entities in the world. She quotes Marie Wilson as saying "Show me a woman without guilt and I'll show you a man." page 138 Men don't have guilt? Really? She acknowledges (page 149) that "If a man had delivered the same message or even gently pointed out that women might be taking actions that limited their options, he would have been pilloried." She doesn't add "pilloried by women" which was (arguably) smart, if less honest. That observation is worth re-reading. On page 160, she says, "Men need to support women and, I wish it went without saying, women need to support women, too." She neglects to mention any need for ANYone to support men. Her unintended message seems to jibe with my new definition of feminism which is "Women helping women to get men to help women help women." The problem with this book seems to be that Sheryl Sandberg doesn't seem to know too much about men OR women. This book was frustrating; I"m grateful it wasn't too long.

Jul 19, 2013
  • nannerl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this, lots of good tips for women who want to get ahead in the workplace. It was surprising to me that, even at her lofty level, she's experienced the same sexist maneuvers as any woman with her eyes open does, and she tells how she deals with things. She has the patience to play the game, and it works for her. Even though men have written books on how to succeed in business, without backlash, for some reason some women feel the need to criticize this book for strange reasons, like it doesn't address their realities. Well, sure, if you're a stay at home mom or have no ambition to move ahead in the workplace, just don't read the book, it wasn't meant for you. I completely agree with her main theme, and that is not to back away from opportunities, and to have faith in your abilities. It's good advice.

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Oct 04, 2013

One of the things [Mark] told me was that my desire to be liked by everyone would hold me back. He said that when you want to change things, you can't please everyone. If you please everyone, you aren't making enough progress.

Oct 04, 2013

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.


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