50 Book Challenge: #33 Lean In

What kobo.com says:

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.


What I say: I’ve truly enjoyed reading business books this year and learning how to apply bits and pieces into my work world. When I started at Kobo the first day I was at an offsite with many employees. The first thing that we had to do was say our name and what we are currently reading. One employee stated that she was reading Lean In and that she highly recommended it. I was hearing mixed reviews but wanted to judge the book myself. I find it very insightful and helpful to navigate the gender differences that are still unfortunately in the workplace. Still there due to women not always leaning into their careers and asking for change. My favourite chapters are “Sit At The Table” and “Are You My Mentor?”. If you are in a boardroom with me and it’s a large group of people. If I need my opinion heard or need to present you will see me always sit at the table. 🙂

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