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Book Review: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

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I just finished a very interesting read by Sheryl Sandburg called Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.

Sheryl is the CFO of Facebook, one of the only female CFO's in America. She made some awesome points about the perceptions of female leaders Ina largely male leadership-dominated society and what success for a driven female looks like. 

Some of my takeaways:
She asks the question, What would you do if you weren't afraid? That question is huge to me right now. I am very much at a crossroads in my professional life. I know I have 5+ years that I will continue to work to get my husband through medical school, more if I choose. But I also know that I'm not happy where I'm at, with what I'm doing. I know change is coming. Some doors have already opened, and I can feel the tide turning. But I'm afraid of it because it will mean huge changes. If I wasn't afraid, I would already have jumped in. 

The title of her second chapter is "Sit At the Table." The premiss is to refuse to shy away from opportunity. Ask for what you want. This first became real to me with my last job transition. I asked, the offered something unacceptable in return and I knew it was time to move on. I did it then and I will continue. I'm going to to "sit at the table" and not settle for less than I deserve. 

Don't Leave Before You Leave is the title of the seventh chapter. The idea is if you're going to take some time to pause your career and have a family, cool. But don't get ahead of yourself. Use the present to advance yourself so that when you return you're marketable and valuable. This really spoke to me. I've been of the mindset to just get by until the day comes when I stop working to have babies. But at the end of the day I don't know what's going to happen. I may not be content only being at home. This time is critical for my future and I need to make the most of it. 

Overall, this was an awesome book that benefited me in a big way. You can find more information at the Lean In website. 

Now on to making big things happen!