Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Summary

Sheryl Sandberg
- 2013
This book is good to read when you feel motivated.

Key Takeaways

  1. Women often face unique challenges in the workplace, including bias and unequal expectations.
  2. Assertiveness and leadership in women are frequently penalized, but are essential for career advancement.
  3. Mentorship and supportive networks are crucial for female empowerment in professional settings.
  4. Work-life balance is a challenge that requires intentional strategies and support from partners and employers.
  5. Encouraging women to 'lean in' involves addressing both societal attitudes and personal confidence.


Sandberg shares her experiences as a female executive in major corporations to discuss the barriers that prevent women from taking on leadership roles and how to overcome them.

She advocates for women to assert themselves more in their careers and to seek leadership positions, countering common societal and internalized beliefs that often hold women back.

The book provides specific advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, building a supportive network, and effectively balancing professional and personal commitments.

'Lean In' is both a call to action and a practical guide, encouraging women to achieve their full potential by actively participating in leadership and decision-making roles.

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