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

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54 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

I'm a man, and I picked up this book to see what successful wome

I'm a man, and I picked up this book to see what successful women are doing to see if I might learn something.

Why not pick up a pointer or two from somebody who's gone much further in her career--and with many more obstacles--than I have in mine?

The list of things S...
I'm a man, and I picked up this book to see what successful women are doing to see if I might learn something.

Why not pick up a pointer or two from somebody who's gone much further in her career--and with many more obstacles--than I have in mine?

The list of things Sheryl Sandberg has done that I haven't is lengthy. Too many times I've not spoken up when I've had things to say. At work gathering after work gathering I've failed to sit at the table with key decision makers. Time and time again I downplay myself for fear I'll be seen as a self-promoter.

The book reminded me of something I have done, however. I've moved cross country twice on account of my wife's career. Acknowledging that my wife's profession had more upside than my own wasn't easy, and I feel fortunate that none of my family and friends criticized me for supporting her.

Sandberg's book taught me that other men are not so lucky. I knew of the challenges that women face if they choose to assert themselves in traditionally male dominated careers, but I never appreciated the gender based scrutiny and criticism men face when they choose to support them. Husbands and wives shouldn't have to consider gender related stereotypes when deciding who works outside the home and who works in it. Simply pick the best person for the jobs.

I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 because I think it spends too much time telling men and women to remove gender from their decisions and not enough telling them specifically how.

posted by Transplanted_Southerner on March 24, 2013

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27 out of 78 people found this review helpful.

Another tome expounding the necessity for women to become just l

Another tome expounding the necessity for women to become just like men! As much as I hate to admit it, we women cannot have it all. Lean in if that is what you truly want, but know that there will be consequences and sacrifices that you will have to make to do so.
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Another tome expounding the necessity for women to become just like men! As much as I hate to admit it, we women cannot have it all. Lean in if that is what you truly want, but know that there will be consequences and sacrifices that you will have to make to do so.
Strangely, this book made me incredibly sad for young women in the workplace today.

posted by DKFrancis on March 17, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Psst, lean in... Here's how you do it... Have doctor parents. Be

    Psst, lean in... Here's how you do it... Have doctor parents. Be the type of person who teaches aerobics classes in high school. Go to Harvard business school. Graduate top of you class. Be Jewish. Meet sucker berg (also Jewish).

    None of this stuff applies to me. Where's the book for ex-Cathloic slackers who lack ambition, cant stand schmoozing, but don't mind working really hard? Write THAT book and I'll give ya 5 stars.

    13 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Interesting & encouraging

    Although my circumstances are different this book showed me that leaning in is beneficial in every walk of life. Those of us who do not lean in are often afraid and that fear can steal our success.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Check this out!

    An interesting read. Should stimulate some lively conversation about the role of men and women in today's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    It always amazes me that most authors of self help books are mil

    It always amazes me that most authors of self help books are millionaires befofre they share their view of how to get anywhere in life. Nonthin here is new. it is a good read, and has positive reinforcement for both sexes. How many people have learned leadership and management skills while working at a company on the brink of bankruptcy, and trying to hold the resoures both financial and human engaged enough to stay and turn the company around. Need an entire different set of skills for leading folks at the table. Thanks for reminding us of what still needs to change, however, until we change the view of skills and social acceptance this book is another one to be read and put on the shelf,, I do not see folks using it as a resource in daily workng lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Really nothing I didn't already know or experience myself being

    Really nothing I didn't already know or experience myself being in corporate America for 16+ years.  Not to say that younger woman can't benefit from reading this and becoming aware of the "real world" corporate America.  I lost interest when it came to the chapters about balancing work and motherhood.  There was a lot of emphasis on that and  that's just something I cannot relate to as I don't have kids.  

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