Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Publisher: Random House Audio (March 2013)
Audio Source: Publisher
Formats Available: Hardcover, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: audio book
Narrated by: Elisa Donovan
Running Time: 6 hours 27 minutes
My thoughts: Lean In has been garnering a great deal of attention from admirers and dissenters alike. I think this happens anytime a woman in a position of leadership speaks out on work life and motherhood, no matter what stance she takes.
As a working mother, I am always looking for ways to maintain a good work life balance so I was immediately intrigued by Lean In. One of the first statements that Sandberg makes in Lean In is that it is NOT a self help book. One of the things I found unique to Lean In is that it concentrates on your WHOLE LIFE rather than just your professional or personal life.
I found this audio book to be truly inspirational. It struck a spark in me so bright that I was frantically scribbling notes about certain passages. Not to say that Sandberg’s message was all new information. There were a lot of traditional thoughts interspersed with things I hadn’t considered before. The biggest take home message for me was the reminder that many women often underestimate themselves first therefore others underestimate them as well.
Looking back on my notes and ideas that formed as I listened, there are some things that I’d like to set in motion. Are they realistic? Perhaps not, but one thing that Sandberg points out is that long term goals don’t always have to be realistic. They can help you gain momentum toward something that is.
I’ve already passed Lean In on to one friend who is also gleaning a great deal of information and motivation from the book and will be sharing it with other as well. I’m looking forward to further discussions about this book that hopes to help us balance the things that are important to us.
Lean in is narrated by Elisa Donovan. I thought she did an excellent job. The combination of Sandberg’s voice in the writing and Donovan’s actual voice made me feel like we were two friends sitting down over coffee.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Sheryl Sandberg–Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business–has become one of America’s most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In , she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Lean In–Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative, inspiring book about women and power–grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly two million times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she’s on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.
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