Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
When a woman excels at her work, her colleagues may appreciate her accomplishment, but she is “not well-liked by her peers.” People feel like she is “too aggressive,” “not a team player,” “a bit political,” or “can’t be trusted.”
Always considering myself as a supporter of feminism as I have seen enough evidence of inequality and unfair suppression on women at work and outside of work “on research papers,” I wasn’t mindful of my biased judgment. It was a shame, but I once thought of a colleague of mine as a “too aggressive” woman as her leadership doesn’t fit into my fascination with what a woman should be. In this aspect, Lean In roused me from a deep bias I was unconscious of.
Sheryl Sandberg appears to be one in a group of “the privileged few” as she was not working shoulder to shoulder with many working women we usually see. Her statements at the beginning of the book, to me, was quite aggressive: there have to be more women in the leadership roles if we want a breakthrough of the conventional beliefs. The talk was not down to Earth and annoying, frankly.
Nonetheless, I kept reading because her other book, “Option B,” was an inspiration. The more I read about her road to where she is right now, the more I visualize Sheryl as a brave and smart woman who just happens to decide not to join in the privileged few women who sit comfortably with men on the top and keep unfair things unheard. Her vision is ambitious as who she is, but in the long run, it will influence all women.
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is too aggressive to the past me and some people.
Probably she is just another victim of an inert running system where people regard her as a “not well-liked woman.”
October 12, 2020, 3:00:00 PM
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