Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In


Today I’m going to share a book review for one of the most enlightening books I’ve read in quite some time, Lean In written by Sheryl Sandberg. For a novel with over 92 thousand 4 and 5 star ratings on Goodreads, you could say this book has been well-read and well-received.



Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

lean-inPublished: March 2013

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 Fortune magazine’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.

Book Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

One of my favorite reading genres for entertainment is romantic comedies, yet every so often I venture out to read something more educational and enlightening. This month I picked up Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and I have to tell you how incredibly happy I did! I don’t often read educational business and leadership related books, but I have to say, if the others out there are anything like Sheryl’s novel, I will be making it more of a habit than an occasional whim.

Lean In is a poignant novel written in an easy-to read, relevant way. One does not need to be a business expert or CEO of a company to understand, appreciate and take-away from Sheryl’s writing. It only took me a few days to read, but throughout my reading I found myself having multiple conversations with my boyfriend about how much I was enjoying the book. It sparked intellectual conversations and truly made me take a deeper look inside myself. It has inspired me to Lean In and I hope that it will inspire you too.

5/5 Stars

Arielle Joy


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