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Lean In

Author: Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell
Year of Publication: 2013
Genre: Non Fiction

Molweni, a friend of mine has been recommending I read this book that has become affectionately known by some as the modern feminist manifesto. When looking to start this year on a high note and prepare myself mentally I knew I had to achieve this by finally reading lean in and I am really glad I did so.

“I have written this book to encourage women to dream big, forge a path through the obstacles, and achieve their full potential. I am hoping that each woman will set her own goals and reach for them with gusto. …


Lean In digs deep into gender inequality and why women are still underrepresented as a valuable part of our global workforce, showing how they unintentionally hold themselves back, as well as outlining ways for us to enable and support them,

…Chapters that stood out for me…

The Leadership Ambition Gap

This chapter poses the question and shares anecdotes on what would you do if you weren’t afraid? Before I even read this chapter I answered this question and said I do not know because I have always lived under some level of fear.  What stood out for me was a point she made that hard charging women who showed ambition often pay a social penalty.

It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder

I felt like this chapter just gave me permission to exhale and understand if you see the road to success as ladder you are limiting yourself. Whereas jungle gyms are more creative and allow for exploration and provide many ways to get to the top.

Seek and speak your truth

This chapter talks about how authentic communication is not always easy, but it is the basis for successful relationships at home and real effectiveness at work. Yet people constantly back away from honesty to protect themselves and others.

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What I thought

I mean seriously do you even have to ask? (Uhm Sandy technically we aren’t asking you are telling us without provocation….oh) I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is such a mood , movement in fact the chapter seat at the table inspired my tea sipping post about how we should all aim to have the confidence of average men. Sheryl was really open and shared some personal stories that made her even more relatable. The book was really well researched it made even want to find some similar studies close to home that have been researched. Do yourself a favour get the book, join the movement and let’s lean into our passions and encourage others to do the same.



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