Does it ever seem that the business world is a boys-only club? For all the social progress women have made throughout the world over the past several years, there is still a conspicuous dearth of women in corporate leadership roles. In the audiobook Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, narrated by Elisa Donovan, author Sheryl Sandburg explores the various reasons for women's absence from the highest offices of executive power, and demonstrates how women can use their unique skill sets to offset years of prejudicial thinking and make their mark in the world of business.
In this book, Sandberg posits that the rise of women has stalled at the highest leadership positions. She cites the paltry smattering of women CEO's and other high ranking official positions as evidence that despite their progress, women are still not being placed in the highest positions.
She then goes on to comment on how confidence and self- assurance can help women bypass the barriers that stand between them and the highest levels of success. She infuses humor and personal anecdotes into her narrative, which is written with the intent to ensure that women know that, if they are indeed talented, their gender cannot stand in the way of their success unless they let it.
A former executive with Google, member of the Clinton Administration, and current COO of Facebook, Sandberg is a prime example of a successful woman in business. At only 43, she is incredibly accomplished and was named the #5 most important women in America by Forbes magazine in 2011. This is her first book.
Thirty years after women became fifty percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.
In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.
Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Download and start listening now!