If you have not read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” you probably should before the movie adaptation is released. Sony Pictures recently obtained the rights to Sandberg’s self-help book and is planning to make a movie featuring themes from the book. “Lean In” discusses women, or the lack thereof, in leadership roles. Sandberg offers up reasons for the underrepresentation in leadership and advice for women in the workforce, targeting young women as a mode for change.
A few key ideas from the book are: women should be more ambitious early on in their careers, confident that they can combine a career and family, and fight to be successful. Sandberg calls women into action to make the change and be the change.
While simply fighting for what you want might not completely eliminate the gender barriers that undoubtedly exist, the Sandbergs of the world are certainly making waves. We should continue the conversations about how to get women to want the leadership roles, and ultimately how to get women into leadership roles.
Whether you agree or disagree with Sandberg’s approach to the issue, you should appreciate that the need for conversation and change is becoming more widely recognized and popular. It certainly wouldn’t hurt any of us to be more confident and ambitious. We should thank Ms. Sandberg for her contribution and Sony Pictures for seeing its value.
As Women’s History Month (March) approaches, we should all think about what we can do to affect meaningful change and challenge one another to have the difficult conversations.
Check out the book for yourself: http://www.amazon.com/Lean-In-Women-Work-Will/dp/0385349947/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390776596&sr=8-1&keywords=lean+in
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