Lean in Summary – June 2022

Author: Nell Scovell, Sheryl Sandberg

Short Summary
Lean in (2013) is a book based on eleven chapters by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg that discusses women and their careers. In this book, the authors quote several personal and workplace issues that are faced by women along with narrating some of their first-hand experiences.
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Detailed Summary

Lean in Summary covers several aspects of the professional life of women. It highlights the factors that hinder the success of women both external and personal. We are programmed to think for centuries that women are not as competent and intellectual as men so we are hesitant to see them leading and in power even today we prefer hiring and promoting men over women. What makes the situation even worse is that women are reluctant to take on powerful jobs because they do not have enough confidence and they do not trust their innate skills well.

Along with highlighting several social and personal issues that take over women’s success and eventually lead nations to fall behind Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg also provide solutions that can be implemented by all of us. You do not need to be in government to provide more opportunities for women and play a role in promoting gender equality. You can do it in several ways every day from whichever position you hold. Lean in Summary Key points will bring forth some of these issues along with suitable solutions. So let’s dig in!

Lean in Summary Key Points

Gender Equality and Women’s Rights have Evolved but not as much as We Would Like to Believe

Three waves of feminism and the me-too movement later you and I would believe that the world has become a better place. But still, there is an evident difference between the workspace opportunities and pay of men and women. Even today women in the United States of America are paid ¼ less than what men receive as their payment. While the Third wave debated a person’s ability to open their mind to the fact that male domination does affect the women of our generation, is what we need and the second wave deliberately debated women’s right to equal wage and workspace ethics the situation remains bad even after half of the century has passed since these waves emerged.

Women as Leaders

You might have seen women in offices quite often than they were at the time your grandparents were employed. Yes, women are encouraged to apply for jobs but it would not happen very often that you see women in leading positions such as the head manager, CEO, senator, or president. In fact, if I ask you to name women leaders in politics, you might be able to come up with only 4-5 names, the most famous ones including Kamla Harris and Michael Obama. This is not because you cannot remember the names. It is solely the fact that women are not often trusted with positions that have this much power that can affect a whole company or a state. They are still stereotyped as emotional and painted as someone who can be prone to take short-sighted and immature decisions.

 You would be surprised to know that many surveys even show that many times women do not want to hire women for their company and do not think that someone of the same gender can handle a leadership role. This proves that misogyny is not confined to the male gender only. To overcome this problem,  gender diversity should be made an immediate goal at the company and state level, hiring criteria should be strictly followed and the already hired women should be highlighted as leaders more often so that they influence others of their gender.

Half of the Problem Lies in Women feeling Under confident

There are fewer opportunities yes. But many times the problem is not the organization, lack of facilities, society, or the state. So many women pass many golden opportunities because they do not think they will be suitable to lead or work in that position even if they have proper training and education. This problem is more serious than it appears to be because we might be able to resolve and reduce the external factor but this is something that can only be rectified by the women themselves. Women’s lack of confidence in their abilities has been sabotaging their careers for years. It takes courage to show up in a board meeting and confidently deliver your ideas and it takes courage to show up for an interview for a higher position. The key is to never let opportunities slide away instead ‘lean in!’  Sometimes faking it helps. If you have women working around you or you see any of your female friends doubting themselves encourage and motivate them.

Lean in Quotes

“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.” –Sheryl Sandberg

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.” –Sheryl Sandberg

Lean in Summary Review

Lean is the next best thing you can read. While the media’s glamorous representation might make you believe that women are in every role and have achieved equality this book will show you the truth. Whether you are a male or a female there are many things you can do at every level including your office and your home to become a better person towards the other gender. Lean in Summary sheds light on the struggles of women and empowers them at the same time and it will be helpful for us to learn from with book at several levels.

To Whom I Would Recommend Lean in Summary

  • To the twenty-five-year-old woman who is afraid to start her own business because she does not think she can manage it all by herself.
  • To students who are interested in or are studying gender studies.
  • And to the twenty-two-year-old fresh college graduate who is about to step into the professional world.

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