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Book Review: "Lean In" By: Sheryl Sandberg

Book Review: “Lean in” By: Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.  She is also recognized as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In her book “Lean in”, Sandberg delves into the working world as it pertains to women. The phenomena surrounding stigmas of what women can’t do is processed and transformed into what women can do in the workplace. Sandberg provides practical advice through her own experiences, statistical data and relevant examples to urge women to take their place in the working world while taking ownership of a leadership concept. The overall message of the book is powerful. "For decades, we have focused on giving women the choice to work inside or outside the home. ... But we have to ask ourselves if we have become so focused on supporting personal choices that we're failing to encourage women to aspire to leadership." In regards to internalizing limitations, women in the workplace must “take a seat at the table” even if they are uncomfortable.  Removing fear, self-doubt and the desire to be liked are all within the control of the individual. To be successful in and out of the workplace women must have the will to lead.