Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Ideas

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Ideas

  • Let’s start talking about it

    In the past, talking openly about gender differences in public, especially in the workplace, has been avoided out of fear of creating an uncomfortable situation or overstepping boundaries. However, avoiding the subject is only going to make matters worse. While it’s easier and generally more accept

  • The myth of doing it all

    It’s impossible to do it all. Being a parent means making compromises elsewhere in life, and sometimes you’ll have to make compromises when it comes to parenting as well. The antiquated myth of the woman that “has it all” or “does it all” is harmful to women because it’s simply unattainable. This i

  • Make your partner a real partner

    Sandberg believes that the most important career decision a woman will make is whether she chooses to have a life partner and who that partner is. Your partner should be your champion. They need to be fully supportive of a woman’s career in order for it to flourish. Otherwise, it’s far too easy to f

  • Don’t leave before you leave

    One of the reasons fewer high-level positions are held by women is because many women enter their careers with the intention of either leaving them altogether or stalling them to be a mother. Being a stay-at-home mother is a valiant job and often necessary. When women leave work to care for their ch

  • Seek and speak your truth

    Authentic communication is crucial to successful relationships at home and at work. In the workplace, being honest is not always as easy as you’d hope. People in lower positions tend to hold back from speaking the truth for fear of being punished. This is doubly true for many women because of the ot

  • It’s a jungle gym, not a ladder

    Careers have previously been thought of as ladders, but that kind of simple hierarchy doesn’t actually exist in most cases. A better way to think of careers, according to Pattie Sellers, editor of Fortune Magazine, is as a jungle gym, which has many ways to reach the top. To do this, women need to

  • Together, we can close the leadership gap for women

    Although many entry-level positions in the workforce are filled by women, it is still rare to see women holding senior positions. One of the reasons for the winnowing of women in the workforce is the leadership ambition gap. The desire for leadership is a culturally-enforced trait that has traditi

  • Working together toward equality

    Women have been working toward true equality for too long. We, all people, need to act now. This book is a call to action. We need to acknowledge the stereotypes and biases that are holding us back from equality, accept them, and choose to move past them collectively. We must also encourage girls t

  • Are you my mentor?

    Mentorship and sponsorship go hand-in-hand with career progression, so it’s no surprise that many women are on the lookout for one. However, telling young people that they need a mentor is problematic because it projects the notion that you need a mentor to excel. In reality, excelling on your own i

  • Success and likeability

    A 2003 Harvard Business School study measured the perceptions of men versus women in the workplace. They showed the profile of an actual successful, outgoing businesswoman named Heidi to a group of students and then asked them to compare it to the profile of a fictional businessman of equal qualific

  • Sit at the table

    Sandberg opens the chapter with a story of a meeting she once hosted where the only four women in attendance chose to sit at the side of the room rather than at the table. In doing so, they seemed more like spectators than participants, despite the fact that they had just as much right to be at the

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