The fourth book club pick for Allison and Rebecca’s book club was a non-fiction book called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. In this book Sheryl covers the hot topic of women’s progress in leadership positions and why it is not what it should be. She uses her own mistakes and decisions as examples to illustrate her viewpoints, as well as well researched data. She reminds us, yet again, that women have to prove themselves to a far greater extent than men do and that “opportunities are rarely offered, they are seized”.
Why do women feel they have to choose between having a career and being a good wife (or mom)? Why don’t we let our voices be heard, or “sit at the table”? If we behave the way men do in a work situation we sacrifice being liked for being successful. We refrain from being too assertive, accepting compliments graciously, going for that senior positions, because we feel we are too inexperienced. It’s because we are in the habit of holding ourselves back! In this book, she teaches women to change their mindset.
This book was read and discussed over the month of September and it was indeed a good pick and an inspiring read. I had many internal arguments with myself reading this book. I think that this is a great book, that every women should read and I also think that it’s a good idea for a man to pick it up and read it too! You can go check out our discussion posts on Allison’s blog and read what we had to say about the book: