Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Sheryl Sandberg

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.”

Autumn 2020

October 12, 2020, 3:00:00 PM

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self-help, business

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