Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

LeanInThe 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:

Discussion Posts: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

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  • Not only do I need to read this important book, but I should encourage my daughters to read it, also. Great review!

    • Thanks Ricki. It’s an inspiring read, and definitely makes you think about the decisions you make career-wise.

  • I recently picked up this book and have yet to read. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction but I am intrigued by Sheryl’s insights and what she has to say by being a successful woman in the workplace.

    • I don’t read many non-fiction either, Elizabeth, but I really enjoyed this book. It’s insightful, easy to read and has valuable content that I think any women can find useful. I hope you enjoy the read and thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi again, Elizabeth. Do you have a blog? I tried to go to yours, but it says “quitenovel.wordpress.com doesn’t exist”

      I always like to check out blogs of people who stop by 🙂

      • yes, i changed it to readingredux.wordpress.com

        • Thanks! You should change it on your profile 🙂

  • It does sound like a thinker

  • I read the sample for this on my Kindle and really enjoyed it. As you’ve thought highly of it I’ll have to read the rest… Sheryl Sandberg isn’t far off being Superwoman! It would be interesting to hear what other bloggers think about it too; it’s not a book I’ve heard much about in the book blogosphere.

    Lucy at Therapy Through Tolstoy

    • Then you should definitely think of picking it up and reading the entire book! You can always go browse our discussion posts to see what we thought about it…

  • Mel, I’m so glad you read this with us! It was such a great book for discussion and it was really good to have input from people not just in the US.

    • It was also great that we were mostly women and could openly talk about our views and experiences! 🙂

  • This was such a good book! Thank you so much for participating and including all of the discussion links! I think it’s a must-read for women, especially younger women who are still building their careers.

    • You’re welcome! It’s always a pleasure participating in your bookclubs – I love the format!

  • I LOVED this book. Seeing as how my original plan of being independently wealthy and traveling the world while writing bestsellers has not worked out, I am having to explore life alternatives like “have a job” and this helped me wrap my mind around how to do it, do it well, and not sacrifice relationships or enjoyment.

    • It was a good read yes. I am happy to know that you have rised above all that, Aussa. So many people, when they don’t get what they want, they start feeling sorry for themselves. I am glad that you got a job, hopefully you can use the money you make with having a job and try to make atleast one of your dreams come true – like travelling the world! 🙂

  • Isi

    I am very glad that thanks to the book club I read it!
    And yes, I agree that men should also read it.

    • They should! Hopefully they will be more openminded about females in the workplace. I’m glad I got to read it too, because I normally wouldn’t pick up non-fiction by myself.

  • Thanks for your comments. It will be my turn to suggest books for my book club in Dec. I will suggest this as a non-fiction choice. I’ve read many positive reviews!