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

Reviewed by Christy Whitehouse, partner, The Summit Group Communications

July 9, 2013


At The Summit Group Communications, we have a voluntary, monthly discussion group called Think Tank. Last month’s topic was the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and I got to moderate. The book inspired an incredibly fascinating discussion, and here’s why:

  1. Inequalities are real. This book reminded me of the conscious and unconscious behaviors in which both men and women engage that can contribute to the inequality. Paying attention is what it will take to notice it and stop—whether you are a woman with her eye on leadership or a man who wants to be a fair colleague.
  2. Not every woman wants to play on the jungle gym of corporate advancements, so let’s not swing the pendulum too far the other way, creating an undesirable pressure cooker. What’s important is that we all have a choice and work environments supportive of our diverse decisions. 
  3. Women are expert jugglers of work, family and self. As more and more women enter and excel in the workforce, it’s important for men to not only acknowledge it, but also join in the juggling act. A great partner is one who helps divide roles to fit the family’s needs, not society’s stereotypes.
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