Today Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In hits the shelves following much criticism in the media. Sheryl is the COO of Facebook and has been criticised for being ‘out of touch’ with the women she is trying to reach.
Sandberg’s Useful Messages
The book, in summary, is a ‘how to create a successful career’ guide for professional women.
Reading beneath the hard hitting headlines, there are some positive messages to consider. Sandberg shares personal experiences of her own journey to success, admitting her insecurities in terms of feeling an imposter and wanting to be liked.
Sandberg also informs the reader of some surprising studies that reinforce her messages and offers inspiration for changing the way we think.
There are also tips on negotiation, mentorship and communication which are helpful for any reader.
Lean In is a call to action to make it easier for women to become leaders. It’s a call for women to raise their hands, speak up and step up. It’s a personal account of a woman who, through a mix of talent, luck and ambition, but also with plenty of internal and external obstacles along the way, managed to do that.
All proceeds of the book go to the non profit she has set up LeanIn.org