Who is better suited than a powerful woman to explain how women can become more powerful? In “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg sets out the steps for women everywhere to achieve equality in the workplace and their families. This book reveals all the intricacies that still hold women back. For instance, women often back down from men who question their authority despite their experience. Then, the author gives tips and encouragement for women to take charge without coworkers labeling them and writing them off as bossy or nagging.
You can learn something from this best-selling book regardless of your gender. Sandberg urges women to “lean in” at work and embrace their careers despite any concerns about having a family. However, she also encourages men to contribute more at home and to work toward perceiving their female coworkers more positively. She advises you to look for a romantic partner who views men and women as equal and to work out your roles in the relationship according to your strengths. All your friends and family with whom you spend the most time should be those who support you as well.
Building off her 2010 Ted talk, the author advocates for a healthy female workforce with confident leaders. She asserts that women can learn by doing just as well as men, but they are often afraid to take that first bold step like their opposite-sex colleagues. Female professionals especially suffer from what the author calls “impostor syndrome.” Thus, they do not take full credit for their accomplishments or feel good about their work. She uses many of her experiences, plus plenty of research to back them up, to show that pervasive inequality still exists for modern women. According to Sandberg, everyone can benefit from changing the way that society views hard-working women.