Book Resource: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Assumption College Undergraduate

Ever wonder what it might be like to work for Facebook? Lean In, a book by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, gives an inside view. Whether you are pursuing a degree in business or might be interested in exploring a career in operations after Assumption, this book will give you a unique perspective of life in the c-suite environment.

Beyond its share of inside-Facebook anecdotes, the book digs deeper into the issues that many women face in the workforce. From work-life balance and gender inequality to self-confidence and the myth of “having it all,” Lean In offers a fresh perspective on some of the dilemmas you may be familiar with already.

Sandberg’s book builds on many of the themes she first discussed in her college commencement address three years ago.  She encouraged students to think big, believe in themselves and reconsider how the decisions they make early in their careers can affect the choices they’ll be faced with later. For example, some women choose career paths based on preconceived ideas on how their choice may impact family life in the future. This often corners women prematurely, sets a limit to how far they can go and essentially becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Though the issues discussed in the first edition of the book may be more applicable to mid-level professionals, the lessons could benefit students just as well. Recognizing the need to offer guidance to those just beginning their career track, Sandberg’s second edition published last April, Lean in for Graduates, includes six additional chapters written specifically for students. The new edition offers advice on getting the most out of your first job, tips on résumé writing, best interviewing practices, negotiating your salary and more.

With over 1.5 million books sold, Lean In has not only gained a lot of positive press coverage, but also spurred somewhat of its own movement with the help of leanin.org. The website enables women to connect with each other—online and in-person— through joining “circles” similar to traditional support groups.

Still unsure if the book is worth your library trip? Check out an excerpt here.

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