If you buy (and read) just one book this month, make it Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.
At 43, Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, a position she has held since 2008 and one which follows 6 and a half years at Google, where she rose to the position of vice president of global online sales and operations. A first-time author, Sandberg is on a mission to empower women within the workplace, as she explained this week to TIME magazine, ” I believe that if more women lean in, we can change the power structure of our world and expand opportunities.” As one of very few women who are top-ranking within the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley, it’s a message that does not go astray.
Despite having only launched yesterday in the US , Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, has already garnered an immense amount of attention, from both the public and the media.
As one of “Fortune” magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, Sandberg’s debut looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. Drawing on her own personal experiences working in some of the world’s most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace. Learning to ‘lean in’ is about facing and tackling the anxieties and preconceptions that stop women reaching the top – taking a place at the table, and making yourself a part of the debate.
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, from £10
Watch Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, left, speak with Nancy Gibbs, TIME’s deputy managing editor in New York City for the Lean In launch;