Book Talk: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Nell Scovell


Genre: Nonfiction| Leadership
ISBN: 9780385349949
Publication on 11-March-2013 by Knopf
Format:  Paperback

I think everyone should read this book, keeping aside whatever perception they have of the author.

I read this book back in 2013 when the book had come out but recently reread it. I highly recommend this book to every single or married woman and also a must-read for men.


The author draws from her experiences which may come across as privileged that could make it hard for people with different backgrounds to understand and maybe even misunderstand. I often hear a lot of people criticize this book, look down upon me for having read and reread this book. But even in situations like that, this book serves its purpose that is to start the conversation. The conversation that needs to happen in every family and workplace.


This book is a well of Information and advice. My key takeaways are these:


The shift from thinking I am not ready to do that, to thinking, I want to do that, and I will learn by doing it.


So many opportunities could have been unlocked with a little bit of confidence.



Quotes from the books:


Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment.

Perfection is the enemy.


What would you do if you weren’t afraid?


Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.


We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.


Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.


Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.



You don't have to accept everything the author Cheryl talks about in this book. You don't even have to agree with her. I would invite you to read it to understand another point of view, maybe not even understand but just look at another point of view.


Book Blurb:

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortunemagazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.