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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.
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“Women are not equal to men.” Or at least you would think that’s the message of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In” based on the chorus of apoplectic harmony sung by the New York Time’s Maureen Dowd, and the Pat Schroeder Times Square Tap Team.A quick bit of self-disclosure - my name is nowhere near the top of the feminism dial-a-friend list. While I have never sent some of the world’s most powerful women to the microphone to cover for my adultery, or accidently walked off from a car crash forgetting that my incredibly young secretary was still in my submerged vehicle, neither have I achieved the level of female esteem of enjoyed by Alan Alda and Mike Farrell. (Though both are the stars of my favorite show.) Don’t get me wrong, some of my favorite people are women. Both of my daughters, my mom, two of my sisters, several cousins, aunts, friends, and even my ex-wife are all women. I’m a fan…a big fan! Had it not been for Ms. Dowd’s review, I never would read the book, and probably continued my ignorant bliss of Ms. Sandberg and her position at Facebook. Much of the criticism of the book is dead on accurate. I couldn’t believe Sandberg actually said she wants to be “the pompom girl for feminism”. Isn’t that sort of like being the centerfold for chastity? I didn’t come across anything offensive in the book, but I didn’t find anything new or inspirational either. It was a very easy read, and carried both the positive and negative weight of that designation. Ms. Dowd, however; is to be congratulated on at least a couple of fronts. She jumped way up the Chauvinist Power Rankings. Most importantly, she proved a theory long debated by social anthropologist, and men patiently, yet quite awkwardly, waiting in OB-GYN offices the world over. The biggest critics of women are other women. Men used to own this demo (18-45 year old women haters and skeptics of female ability), but no more. Like Gandalf on the bridge of Khazad-dûm, Dowd stands between any woman choosing her own path and success screaming “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”read more
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Ok, I know this book has become a media sensation (currently #1 on the NYT non-fiction best-seller list -- though currently only 43 LT members own it), and it's essentially a self-help book (a genre I never read), I nevertheless decided to read it. I do teach a Women and Literature course, and I have a 20s something daughter and a 30s something daughter-in-law facing the career-motherhood dilemma (I sent each of them a copy of the book). And I'm a rock-ribbed feminist practically from the time I was born.As I'm sure everyone is aware, Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, the mother of two children and VERY rich. She's also charismatic and photogenic and lucky and, by most accounts, nice (too nice according to her boss, Mark Zuckerberg).Given my long and deep feminist reading and background, there's not much new here. But she articulates, with clarity and ease, the importance of involved participation in the workforce, egalitarian partnership in parenting and living, and the hurdles in career advancement -- which she describes as a jungle-gym rather than a ladder.As a woman in sight of retirement, this book is not particularly relevant to my current circumstances. However, I find that much of Sandberg's advice about navigating a career, taking care of oneself and one's family, and interacting with colleagues, both senior and junior, is spot-on, in retrospect.I'll recommend it to all of my students -- both male and female, and I'm happy I sent it my daughters.read more
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Facebook COO Sandberg examines the dearth of women in major leadership positions, and what women can do to solve the problem, in this provocative tome. While acknowledging that women have made great strides in the business world, she posits that they still have a long way to go and lays out a plan for women to get there. "I have written this book to encourage women to dream big, forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential," she explains. The author's counsel-gleaned from her own experiences-includes suggestions for increasing self-confidence, particularly in the business world; understanding the role of mentors and how to identify them; building emotional relationships at work; not focusing on being liked; juggling marriage and children with a demanding job; and the importance of taking risks. "Hard work and results should be recognized by others, but when they aren't, advocating for oneself becomes necessary," Sandberg opines. A new generation of women will learn from Sandberg's experiences, and those of her own generation will be inspired by this thoughtful and practical book. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.