Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
“I hope women—and men—of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in.” —Chelsea Clinton
“Sheryl’s book reminds us that we can reach within ourselves to achieve greatness.” —Alicia Keys
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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, has written Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, to encourage women to aspire to and pursue leadership roles. It will be published by Alfred A. Knopf and will go on sale nationwide March 11, 2013.
“Progress for women in the leadership ranks of every industry has been largely stagnant for the past decade. We can and must do better. The question we all have to ask ourselves is ‘How?,’” Sandberg says.
In Lean In, Sandberg offers her insights on women, work, family, and ambition. A mother of two, she offers specific advice to help women better integrate professional achievement with personal fulfillment, including how to forge more equitable relationships with their partners at home. This advice will resonate for women at all stages of their careers.
Sandberg also speaks with candor about her own personal and professional experiences, addressing conflicts she has encountered and mistakes she has made along the way. She argues that true equality for women still eludes us, buttressing her argument with salient data and research.
Sandberg says, “I wrote Lean In so women can make more informed choices and increase their chances of making it to the top of any field or pursue any goal with gusto. And I wrote it for men who want to understand the challenges women face so they can do their part to build an equal world.”
“I believe we need to talk about and change the real obstacles women still face in the professional world,” says Sandberg. “This book offers ideas and tools to help women overcome these obstacles, whether they’re the result of sexism or institutional discrimination; our tendency to hold ourselves back, lack confidence, or lower our hands and voices; or our willingness to internalize messages that tell us it’s wrong for women to be outspoken or powerful. Women do not have to lower our expectations of what we can achieve in the workplace. In so many situations, instead of pulling back, we should be leaning in.”
Early Praise for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In
“Sheryl provides practical suggestions for managing and overcoming the challenges that arise on the ‘jungle gym’ of career advancement. I nodded my head in agreement and laughed out loud as I read these pages. Lean In is a superb, witty, candid, and meaningful read for women (and men) of all generations.” —Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state
“Sheryl Sandberg has done a tremendous service with this work. It offers a vital and sharp message, for women and men. We need great leaders in key seats spread throughout all sectors of society, and we simply cannot afford to lose 50 percent of the smartest, most capable people from competing for those seats. Provocative, practical, and inspired!” —Jim Collins, author of Good to Great
“To tackle society’s most pressing problems we need to unleash the leadership of both women and men. Lean In shows us the path and is an absolutely invaluable resource for the next generation of leaders and those who support them.” —Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO, Teach for America
“For the past five years, I’ve sat at a desk next to Sheryl and I’ve learned something from her almost every day. She has a remarkable intelligence that can cut through complex processes and find solutions to the hardest problems. Lean In combines Sheryl’s ability to synthesize information with her understanding of how to get the best out of people. The book is smart and honest and funny. Her words will help all readers—especially men—to become better and more effective leaders.” —Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO, Facebook
“Sheryl is a unique business leader because of her versatility and breadth. She has the two traits that are common in every successful leader I have known: curiosity and determination. Sheryl brings all of her insight to Lean In, an important new book that companies can use to get the most out of their talent. With her ideas and actions, Sheryl will help to define leadership in the years to come.” —Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric
“The key to opening some of life’s most difficult doors is already in our hands. Sheryl’s book reminds us that we can reach within ourselves to achieve greatness.” —Alicia Keys
“If you loved Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible TED Talk on why we have too few women leaders, or simply believe as I do that we need equality in the boardroom, then this book is for you. As Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg has firsthand experience of why having more women in leadership roles is good for business as well as society. Lean In is essential reading for anyone interested in righting the injustice of this inequality.” —Sir Richard Branson, chairman, the Virgin Group
“Lean In poses a set of ambitious challenges to women: to create the lives we want, to be leaders in our work, to be partners in our homes, and to be champions of other women. Sheryl provides pragmatic advice on how women in the twenty-first century can meet these challenges. I hope women—and men—of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in.” —Chelsea Clinton