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Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg – A Review

Today’s women are highly educated and prepared to lead and succeed and yet, we haven’t given ourselves permission to reach our full potential. The question becomes, why? And that, is exactly what author Sheryl Sandberg documents for us in her well-written and well-researched book Lean In.

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* If you work in the corporate world, this is a must read book for you.
* If you work a home-based business, this is a must read book for you.
* If you are thinking about starting a business, this is a must read book for you.
* If you have a professional career, this is a must read book for you.
* If you are just starting college, this is a must read book for you.
* If you want to become a more effective leader, this is a must read book for you.
* If you have a daughter, this is a must read book for you.

I am impressed with the research that went into this book. Writing about what most women know emotionally to be true or have actually experienced in our lives first hand is one thing but, having our thoughts, feelings and experiences backed up by research, facts and figures is affirming and eye-opening.

I believe Lean In should be a must read for women who want to succeed in business and especially those women who strive for top leadership positions. Whether you are a business owner or work in corporate America, all women who are striving for professional success seem to be facing the same internal and external obstacles.

I also believe that once we understand these internal and external obstacles, positive growth and empowerment will begin and with that growth will come greater personal, professional and financial opportunities for all women.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg is not a fast read. I suggest you take this book a couple of chapters at a time and really study what the author is documenting for us. Read this book with pen and paper in hand – make notes, underline major points of interest and plan on going back to reread those parts that can make a difference to you and your career choices.

I agree with the author, we women should begin discussion groups so we can come together to talk about what we are reading and how these insights can have an impact on our lives. We should also invite the upcoming generation of future leaders to join in the discussion. Now is the time to go forward with the information we can gather from this book and use it to empower and improve not only ourselves but also, future generations of women leaders.

I grew up in 60’s and 70’s and know first hand the “struggles” women faced in the workplace. Yes, improvements have been made but, I believe there is much yet to improve. Reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In is a great place to begin. Reading and discussing it with other like-minded women is an even better place to begin creating long-lasting internal and external change for the positive, now and into the future.

Disclaimer: I was given this book to read and review but, my opinions are solely mine.
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