Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sometimes it is not easy being a woman. This is especially true when it comes to the workplace.
We are all aware that many women do not get the same treatment as men, although they are doing the same jobs.
In our summary of “Lean In” we let you know why that is the case, and what you can do to change the treatment you get.
Who Should Read “Lean In”? And Why?
Many of those that critiqued it worried that a successful billionaire executive would blame for workplace inequality on lower income, worker-class women. They expected that she would not make a distinction between educated women like herself, and those that did not have the same privileges.
However, their worries were unfounded and premature. We find that Sandberg’s “Lean In” pushes all the right buttons when it comes to the subject it touches.
We recommend it to all women who strive to be successful and fight for equal rights in the workplace.
About Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg worked in the US Treasury Department, and was a vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, before becoming the COO of Facebook.
“Lean In Summary”
Sheryl Sandberg was a Harvard graduate who worked for her mentor, Lawrence Summers. First, she worked at the World Bank, and after she earned an MBA and put in a year with McKinsey, she became his head of staff when he was US Treasury secretary.
She uses Facebook as a platform for this book.
“Lean In”’s open commotion that surrounded it pre and post its publication, demonstrated a pivotal point:
The role of women in the work environment is an inconceivably emotional topic.
It sure as hell pushes some buttons. Take, for example, the strain amongst stay-at-home and working moms, the professional penalties that women pay for giving time to their families, sexism in the working environment, and corporate foreswearing of the way that monetary concerns and child-bearing limits women’s’ options.
Furthermore, “Lean In” also underlines on one of Sandberg’s declarations:
The shortage of females in the highest levels of leadership puts the couple of women who get to positions of power under in-depth examination, transforming them into representatives for their whole gender, regardless of whether they want to play that part or not.
As an illustrative case, let’s take note of the firestorm of negative feedback aimed at the president and CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer after she declared that she would do her job all throughout her maternity leave.
Sandberg herself admits that she was initially reluctant to talk about gender orientated issues, realizing that doing as such would put her at the focal point of a brutally unforgiving spotlight.
Her friends and acquaintances cautioned her that she would be pigeonholed as another feminist official as opposed to being known as Facebook’s COO.
In addition, talking from the stage made her powerless against similar reactions pointed at any woman who decides to call attention to the imbalance in the work environment.
In other words, close-minded men may start seeing her as a caricature of a humorless, man-hating female, who is merely looking for special treatment in the workplace or threatening taking legal action.
Key Lessons from “Lean In”:
1. Climbing Leadership Ladder
2. Are You Blocking Your Own Progress?
3. Suggestions to Overcome Internal Barriers
Climbing Leadership Ladder
The core issue of Sandberg’s book: the lack of females in positions of high authority in business and government, although a bit controversial, is undeniable.
The provided information says a lot.
In 2007, women held somewhere around 17% of seats on US corporate boards of directors. Similar numbers are present in government as well. At the point when Sandberg’s book initially came out, women held just 18% of the seats in the US Congress.
Sanders merely asks: Why is that the case?
As a response, she determines and studies the obstacles that keep the executive suite out of women’s reach.
The sad truth is that the conditions that foil women’s ascent to the top still exist.
Each day, in workplaces around the world, women confront segregation, sexism, and badgering.
The absence of alternatives for child care constrains them to pick between their families and their professions.
Moreover, Sandberg says, women have a more difficult time than men discovering mentors, and they should work harder to win the same acknowledgment.
Are You Blocking Your Own Progress?
Sandberg raises a caution of the self-made limits women put in front of themselves. However, while doing that she does not miss to mention that she was liable for similar conduct.
Women are not in possession of enough self-confidence and are inclined to underestimate themselves. They are less decisive, as well, and feel more hesitant to self-promote and negotiate for themselves as opposed to their male partners.
Lastly, they want people to like them, which, as Sandberg clarifies, can hamper their power.
Suggestions to Overcome Internal Barriers
Sandberg urges the woman to sit at the table, lean in and speak up. According to her, women should not be afraid to make sure their voices are heard. She does not stop at the workplace. She further advised women to make real partners out of their partners and try to develop an equal distribution of labor at home.
Lastly, until you decide that it is time to leave, stay fully engaged.
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“Lean In” QuotesWhat would you do if you weren't afraid? Click To Tweet Done is better than perfect. Click To Tweet In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders. Click To Tweet We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change. Click To Tweet There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Click To Tweet
Our Critical Review
In “Lean In” Sandberg gives women some excellent advice for fighting internal barriers, but a significant portion of it any informed, a feminist social scientist could provide.
Additionally, she fails to mention the benefits corporations get whenever they add a bigger percentage of women to their top levels. Readers may also feel that they did not get enough personal strategies to achieve female equality.
However, Sandberg’s style is personal and “Lean In” is a book filled with anecdotes. Hence, the book is much more than just a statement of facts and formal corporate analysis.