Title: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Narrator: Elisa Donovan
Audio: 6.5 hours
Publisher: Random House Audio
Source: Personal Collection
Book Rating: 4/5
Audio Rating: 4/5
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, gives her advice to women looking for success and shares her own story of work, family, and shattering glass ceilings.
I read Lean In a few months ago because I wanted to read it while it was still relevant. And then I went and waited ages to write my review. #michellefail. Well I’m finally writing it now because I’ve been thinking a lot about the work-life balance lately (or, rather, the impossibility of balance).
I had read a lot of negative responses to Lean In. Many of those were aimed at Sheryl herself for not acknowledging that many women can’t afford the kind of help that she can. Well of course we can’t. We’re not all COOs of Facebook. Any self-help-y book like this needs to be tailored and adapted to your own situation. For example, this book is clearly written with the high-powered female executive in mind, and much of it doesn’t translate to my attorney-at-a-small-firm life, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t appreciate the general concepts.
There is some good advice in here. Sandberg points out the things we, as women, have been doing to limit our own success on both macro and individual levels. Lean In definitely made me examine my own choices. And, you know what, it made me feel better about being a working mom. We moms all feel guilt – whether we leave a job to raise a family or leave our kids every day to go to work – so I appreciate anything that makes me feel a little less guilt.
I’d recommend this to any working woman.
I always find it hard to distinguish the narrator form the author in a book like this. I don’t think I’ve heard Sandberg speak, so Donovan IS Sandberg for my purposes. And that works just fine.