Lean In- Sheryl Sandberg

The next book to review will be Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. In her book, released in March 2013, Sandberg discusses why women are underrepresented in the top echelons of business and company leadership (spoiler alert: it’s not all just because of “them”). Sandberg cites numerous examples and personal experiences to illustrate that women and men are perceived differently in the workplace and how that perception affects their own behavior. Check back on Friday, September 27th, for the full review.

Full disclosure: I recently completed my Active Duty service as a Naval Officer and am “leaning out” of the workforce to pursue other personal and professional goals. While I have found a lot of sound wisdom in Lean In so far, I also know that my experiences and choices will influence my interpretation of this book. Please remember that each person reading does so from within their own circumstances. Opinions can be different, not wrong. I can’t wait to hear from others who have taken their own unique path in pursuit of their individual goals.

Lean In

Some questions to consider while reading:

– Have you made sacrifices for your career? What influenced you to make the choices that you did?

– Have you seen men and women treated differently in your workplace? What was the reaction of the individuals involved? What was the reaction of other employees?

– What is your definition of “success”? Describe a successful woman. Describe a successful man. Are the descriptions similar or different?

– How do you take care of household chores in your home? Do work schedules and requirements dictate chore assignments?

– What is your dream job? If you don’t have it yet, is it your goal? Why or why not?

– List obstacles to achieving success. How many are self-imposed?

2 thoughts on “Lean In- Sheryl Sandberg

  1. I am looking forward to reading our newest book club book. As a working mother who devoted her whole life to both raising my own children and teaching other people’s children, I must say that I had the best of both worlds. I applaud those women who choose career and family as well as those who choose just a career or just a family. To be completely honest, I would have made a terrible stay-at-home mother. My own children know and respect that. That doesn’t mean that I was uninvolved with my children. It means, instead, that balance became a necessary part of all of our lives. Women make life choices for a multitude of reasons. All of those choices should be respected and valued.

  2. I think it’s important to remember that everything that we do, personally or professionally, sets an example for the next generation. When deciding to not pursue a demanding career, I worried about the example that I would set for my future children. Would they look at my decision and think that having a family and having a rewarding career were mutually exclusive? Should I stay in the workforce in order to set that good example? I never questioned that I could pursue any goal and I wondered how much that had to do with the fact that I had a successful working woman to look up to, my mother. I ultimately decided that my decision had to be based on what made me happy and feel personally fulfilled. Because that’s the example that my mother set and that I want to set: working hard to achieve personal fulfillment in a way that helps others and contributes to society. Whether you find that at work, at home, or a combination of both, your children will benefit from having a strong and positive role model.

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