Lean In Online PDF by Sheryl Sandberg Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I was asked to read this book as part of a work retreat. My unit is comprised of a team of five women, and we're lucky enough to have a boss that places value on professional development. Each year we read one book in preparation for a group discussion as part of our annual planning retreat. Since Lean In had received so much press, we decided to give this a look this year. I am so glad we did! I first started paying attention to the women in leadership debate this year. First, the Yahoo no-workfrom-home debate sparked interest, and then when I attended the South by Southwest interactive conference in Austin, Texas this March it was a prevailing theme as part of a greater work/life balance debate. In my current line of work I've found myself struggling with the work/life balance aspects of my job. After reading Lean In, I've learned some important reasons for getting this aspect of my career under control early in the game. One thing that I appreciated about this book was the approach Sheryl took in including single women, as well as men, in her discussion. Work/life balance and career planning are not limited to women with children, but not everyone realizes that. Actually, many single women don't realize that. Sheryl's book lays out reasons why all benefit if all have access to equal treatment. There were many elements of this book that spoke to me, and I will be holding on to this book for years to come. I anticipate that with each re-reading at a different point in my life I will get more out of it, and I'm eager to hear our unit's discussion of the book (we're all at different stages in our lives and careers). I would highly recommend this book to anyone - man or woman - who is working in a professional field, plans to be working in a professional field, working at home (as a parent or otherwise)... This is a must read.
I am recommending this book to all young women and men who are at the beginning of their careers and possibly their relationships and becoming parents. The best advice was to not restrain yourself because you think you are going to become a parent at some point in the future. What if that doesn't happen? What if it does? You may want to continue your career, and being a high achieving professional will allow you to do that. Also important to me is that we should all, men and women, keep in mind the limitations in place for people who work in low-wage jobs. Now, part-time workers are being cut to under 30 hrs/week so that they aren't eligible for health benefits under the new health care laws. This is not a new practice, but it just becomes more obvious at this time. When we think about how professional women deal with family and work, what do you think about the Wal-mart worker who has no benefits, no sick leave for themselves or their children? No matter what you think of another persons' choices, no one knows everything about another's situation. We
need to provide support to everyone so that they may be the best worker and the best parent they can be.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I was really skeptical at first about it because I thought it was some self-help book on how to get women to excel in the workplace. I wasn't interested in all that. But my coworker told me it was a solid read, so I took her word for it; I'm so glad I did. This book is more than just some sort of self-help book; it explores the reasons why women don't lean in, why women feel so inferior in the workplace, why they are treated as such, and what we can do to stop it. As a working mom, I could relate to so much of the material she wrote on; it was almost a comfort to me that someone else was going through the same things as me and was facing the same struggles as a working parent. I was amazed that she -the COO of Facebook, for crying out loud - had a lot of the same anxieties and pressures that I face on a daily basis. This book is such a great read for every organization out there, and it's a good read for women AND for men. It sheds light on so many different issues that women face in the workplace, has the research to back it up, and has such great ways to take care of those issues. I think the status of women in senior-level positions, and in the workforce as a whole, would increase significantly if more companies took her words to heart. This was an awesome, awesome read.
Some of what Sheryl Sandberg discusses in her book is on par with Daniel Pink's 2009-2010 book DRIVE. Considering myself to be a lifelong and career optimist, I believe firmly in the power of people to affect change, but our corporate, business, and government leaders need to do more than just recommend these books to their staffs and subordinates. Both women and men who aspire to leadership and positive change have to be recognized by those at the head of the table. And those men and women at that head have to be willing to wager a bit more on the likelihood of greater success and eventually toss out the mantra of it's always been done this way.
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