Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean in Book Cover Lean in
Sheryl Sandberg
Biography & Autobiography
Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
2013
228

Review: All women should read this book. People that have used the author’s biography as a way to dismiss the book’s content are missing the point. Sure she is talented, had a lot of support, and seems to have always been at the right place at the right time. That doesn’t mean what she has to say isn’t relevant and worth reading. Gloria Steinem had it right when she said (speaking about the book) "Only in women is success viewed as a barrier to giving advice.”

The fact that this book is so polarizing proves Ms. Sandberg’s point. The workplace is not a level playing field. The book is full of examples of how men and women in management are viewed differently. Best of all, it contains practical information for how to handle these situations. The reality, she concludes, is that if the workplace is going to change for the better, we’re going to have to change the attitudes of ourselves and others. It’s our responsibility.

One offhand comment from the book that has stayed with me was “what could the feminist movement achieved if Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem worked together instead of competing?” Good food for thought.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life (www.ourcorporatelife.com) to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company, CNBC.com, and Monster.com. She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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