Much has been said, written, blogged, posted, tweeted, bitched, and heralded about Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, and it’s all happened in about a week. If you’re interested in exploring every inch of the positive and negative debate, turn to your old friend Google: it will not disappoint.
Because the issue of women in executive and leadership roles in still an incredibly incendiary topic, many decades after women started speaking up about being treated equally in the work place. That Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, not only brings this issue to light but calls us out as a country for even still having this issue – “The blunt truth is that men still run the world” – is only reason number one why this was a truly important read.
This is one instance where I’m going to very plain about my opinion: I loved this book. It spoke to me as both a woman and a professional. It addressed topics that have bothered me deeply in recent years, some of them more quietly than others, but all of which have had real and lasting impact on my daily life, my livelihood, my self-confidence, my ability to do my work, and my capacity for leading others.
Not everyone will love this book, I know that absolutely, but maybe it’s not about loving it, but hearing – really hearing – the message it contains. As Sandberg writes, “We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”
FTC Disclosure: This review was based on my own copy of this book.