Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: Lean In - Women, Work and The Will To Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

On the jacket:

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, common sense 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 fulfilment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. 

Written with both humour 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.


It's always a pleasure to read what successful women have to say. It's never easy reaching where they have, yet they have! And how!

Lean In  is no doubt inspirational. A lot of the stuff have been said before but they are some things which cannot be said enough. No body has it easy, specially not a woman. Putting aside shrewd office politics, we have our lives, other people's lives as well as our ever changing bodies & moods to handle along with our careers. While some sit home, others like me take another easier and less ambitious option of working from home, very few actually take on the world head first. And these people always succeed.

The book speaks about mistakes women do, to make sure the readers don't repeat them. Sheryl does emphasize on the point that every woman can have different aspirations and it IS okay to want to sit at home and take care of your childre - as long as it fulfils you. 

The book is not a guidebook for any woman to star in her career. It is for any of us women who want to push ourselves into being an achiever in whatever we do. Men should read it too; your support means a world to us! 

Sandberg has nicely crafted the book with examples and excerpts from her own experiences as well as of her support team, where a lot of other women have chipped in and so have their partners. I would urge women to read this book, but I would urge their men to read it more.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

1 comment:

  1. A strong argument from a brave lady. I am ready to take my place at the table and often reflect on the content of this book when I need an extra dose of reassurance. A great read for any woman forging a new path.
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