by Kathryn Sinde
Don’t let the title of Sheryl Sandburg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead fool you about the premise of this book. This is not a feminist book, explaining why women are going to be the ones to change the corporate landscape as we know it. Sandburg actually wrote the book to be the voice for women, those that wouldn’t have an opportunity to tell their story to not only inspire women, but inspire men as well.
Sandburg has a lot of corporate experience serving as the current COO of Facebook and from her time at Google, so she is a valuable source of knowledge about how women are actually thought of in the corporate world. In the book, she gives readers many different situations from years of diverse experiences in hopes that these anecdotes will help readers see how they can react if they are ever in these types of job-related situations.
An overwhelming theme of the book is “that in order for things to change in the workforce and the world in general is to have more women in power.” Sandburg talks about numerous occasions when she was reminded that corporate America is still very much an all “boys club,” and that in order for the world to have a fighting chance, it might be time to give women more leadership roles.
But this book isn’t a feminist manifesto proclaiming that women have the power to change the world.
Sandburg stresses that she wants men to also read this book because she hopes to inspire them as much as women. Young men entering the workforce have the opportunity to help change the “all boys club”; they have a chance to decide how they want the workforce to be.
With graduation rapidly approaching for DePaul students, this book is worth reading because it can help prepare both women and men for their impending entrance into the workforce. This book provides many pieces of good advice that graduates (and undergrads) can take with them as they enter their first corporate jobs. Sandburg wants to prepare both women and men for the organizations they are about to enter.
About the Writer:
Katie is a Senior Communication Studies major with a minor in English Literature.