I just had to read this book by Sheryl Sandberg to find out what all the hype was about. I would hear my girlfriends using “lean in” in sentences and I wanted to know what they meant…well, now I do!
I had a tough time with this book. The premise is that there are too few women leaders and the author tries to outline ways to improve women’s situation in this area.
Well, what if some women don’t want to be corporate leaders? What if they’re fine doing what they’re doing. They don’t feel suppressed by the male-dominated corporate culture; they’re happy with their job, their home life and the time they can give back to the community. There are plenty of other ways to be leaders than in a corporation. Be a leader in your community, church, school, etc.
If a woman DOES want to be a corporate leader, she will have to make tough decisions because there are only so many hours in a day. The author makes her leadership role at Facebook sound manageable, but we must remember that she has help in the home taking care of her kids, cleaning (probably getting the groceries)…as soon as her kids go to bed, she starts to work again.
I do believe in “leaning in”; I also believe in making sure that when you do lean in, that you stay true to your personal mantra.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?