I usually don’t read many motivational books, but after all the hype about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I couldn’t resist taking a look at what this controversial title had to offer. Lean In‘s central premise is that women often bypass leadership opportunities because they believe they cannot have both professional and domestic success. Sandberg argues that when women opt-out of the workplace, the result is fewer women in high-level positions and less family-friendly corporate and professional culture.
Most of the criticisms of Lean Incenter around the fact that Sandberg comes from a relatively well-to-do background. However, Sandberg’s advice is valuable to women from all walks of life: don’t doubt your abilities and qualifications; advocate for yourself as well as others; and always be willing to learn new skills. Moreover, what is particularly endearing is Sandberg’s willingness to confess her own insecurities and fears, since she otherwise comes across as a relentlessly confident individual.
Lean In touches on some sensitive subjects, but it is precisely this quality that makes it a great topic for conversation. Not everybody will agree with the book, but everyone will definitely have their own about it!