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

Hey Guys!
I recently did a review on The Good Girls Revolt, which deals with inequality at the workplace. After that book I was so intrigued by the topic, that I started searching for more. That’s when I stumbled upon Lean In, an impressive piece of writing that every woman (and man) should take to heart!

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg - Cover from Goodreads

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – Cover from Goodreads

 

The Plot:
Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most successful women of our time. She worked for the US treasury department, for Google and has been COO of Facebook for about 10 years now. So when somebody like Sheryl speaks up about challenges women face at the workplace and on their way to success, you listen up!
Lean In features episodes from Sheryl’s life but also stories from some of her colleagues/friends. She points out where the biggest challenges lie and what needs to change. In society but also within ourselves. With this book, she gives each woman a tool for making her way to the top.

 

The Rating:
This book is a slap in the face – in the most positive way possible! For me it came as a wake-up call. Sheryl Sandberg points out many mistakes women (herself included) make in the professional world. I was kind of angry with myself when I realized how many of those I had already committed in the past without even noticing.
Many of the things Sandberg mentions happen unconsciously but it takes concious effort to change our little habits and to lean in.
What I love about this book is that it’s 100 % relatable. No matter how perfect you are, I bet you’ll find something in there that you did. But don’t get me wrong, Lean In isn’t just pages full of criticism. It’s a reminder of what you can do if you set your mind to it. Sandberg gives detailed explanations stemming from years of experience that’ll help you to work your way to the top (or as far up as you want to go).
Furthermore, Lean In is so important as it points out what is wrong in our society. Many of the little mistakes women commit are based on how they are taught to be and how they are perceived based on those ideals. Let me give you an example. Girls are taught to be pretty, make some nice comments but shut up when it comes to the big stuff. When, however, a woman does speak up, she’s usually perceived as bossy, in contrast to her male colleagues who would be congratulated. These kinds of claims Sandberg makes in her book don’t stem just from subjective opinions. Many of the points she mentions are backed up by studies.

When I finished the book I was sad. Sad about the situation for women still being like this despite so many years of fighting for equality. But I was also determined. Determined to work on myself, to not keep on committing those mistakes. To lean in when I want to achieve something.

 

Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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