Bookcase: Lean In – Women, work, and the will to lead

• By Sheryl Sandberg • W H Allen • RRP $36.99

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and former vice president of global online sales and development at Google, is eighth on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. So when she says women’s progress in business and government has stalled, you know to take it seriously. She quotes damning statistics that prove her argument, such as: only 18 of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
That such book is necessary after the feminist battles of the last century, is an indictment of all in the business world with the power to effect change. Sandberg wrote the book so women could increase their chances of achieving any goal; and she wrote it for men who want to understand the challenges women face so they can do their part to build an equal world.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said he learned something every day of the five years he has sat at desk next to her. And anyone reading this book will take valuable, practical lessons on how to improve the playing field for women.
The lessons are delivered in an easy, relaxed style with good deal of humour. That Sandberg, having scaled the giddy heights of the executive ladder at two global technology giants, can relate so effortlessly to women at any level, is testament to both her writing and interpersonal skills.

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