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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2013: Anyone who's watched Sheryl Sandberg's popular TED Talk, "Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders," is familiar with--and possibly haunted by--the idea of "having it all." "Perhaps the greatest trap ever set for women was the coining of this phrase," writes Sandberg in Lean In, which expands on her talk's big idea: that increasing the number of women at the top of their fields will benefit everyone. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, encourages women to challenge the common workplace assumption that "men still run the world." She asks men to be real partners, sharing in the family work that typically leads to a woman's decision to stay home; she asks women who expect to start a family soon not to check out of work mentally. Sandberg's critics note that her advice may not resonate with the masses: The Harvard-educated exec can afford a veritable army to help raise her children. But Sandberg's point--which affects all of us--is that women who have what it takes to succeed at the highest professional level face many obstacles, both internal and external. Lean In is likely to spur the conversations that must happen for institutional changes to take place at work. --Alexandra Foster
*Starred Review* If Facebook COO (and first-time author) Sandberg succeeds, it will be because she’s made us mad—and more than willing to act. With no small amount of self-deprecating humor, a massive quantity of facts and research, plus a liberal dose of very personal anecdotes, Sandberg forces each one of us—woman and man—to reexamine ourselves at work and in life, using a unique filter. Are we more concerned about being liked than succeeding? Do we think of our career as a series of upward ladders rather than a jungle gym? Do our authentic selves—and honesty—show up in business? In short, every single undoing of a woman’s career is examined thoughtfully and with twenty-first-century gentleness and exposed with recommended remedies. Her colleagues act as advocates for her theme: lean in, or take a risk and drive change for us all. And though there are no solutions offered, except in the formation of communities around the country and (we hope!) around the world, there’s tremendous reenergy in feeling that, thanks to Sandberg, the world just might be a different place. --Barbara JacobsSee all Editorial Reviews
I enjoyed the thought and courageous discussion that should be embraced. I encourage more to lean in!
Thank you Sheryl.
Incredible read! The book left me feeling empowered and excited to advocate for myself as well as connect with other women in the field. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gabriela G.
I opted to listen to this while I was doing mundane tasks alone (cooking, laundry, car ride, etc). While this isn't a self help book I found relief, despair, inspiration, and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by TMG_FL
Hits the mark on so many things I have personally experienced in my career. Great book to read for yourself and for your husbandPublished 4 days ago by Bindu mukkavilli
Such a wonderful and empowering book for women! I have been recommending it to everyone, especially women who have children or who may have children in the future.Published 5 days ago by H. Wagner
For some reason when I was made aware of this book, I ordered the audio CD version immediately. I don't usually buy one I hear of quite so quickly. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BPhillips
All women should read it this book it will wake you up to how the world is around you. Women put your armour on and go out there and change the world.Published 7 days ago by sweetp
I don't think I've ever written a review on, but I felt compelled to write one for this book. To me, this book was like getting the insight of the best possible professional mentor... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Anita