It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is one of the best books to read if you are looking for books around the most talked and implemented theme ‘Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion’ in corporations around the world.  Lean In’s central theme is Women in Leadership but as I read along, I realized it was more than that.

It’s about equal division of responsibilities, and by equal, she meant a world where women ran half our countries and companies, and men ran half our homes. There should be no social norms, which I feel are external barriers women face, men included. But it doesn’t stop there, women face internal barriers too which are explored in detail.

Besides, when faced with these barriers, did you ever give a thought about how illogical and invalid they are?

Sheryl put forward arguments with strong and quite shocking research and data that I can’t believe existed. Take for illustration, the concept of ‘gender discount problem’. Besides, there was a lot of numerical data related to India too. 

This book is filled with her work experience, the problems she faced and how she overcame them. She’s an inspiration to all women because she not only understands their issues and barriers but faced the same and yet learned to overcome and live above them. Moreover, it includes illustrations of noteworthy women holding leadership positions in various corporations.

Things I liked about the book: 

·         Clearly showed the relationship between success and likeability. When you want to change things, you can’t please everyone. And if you please everyone, you aren’t making progress.

·         Clearly defined the issues faced by both men and women – the internal as well as external barriers and the practical solutions, including how she handled it.

·         The chapter on ‘It’s a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder’. Smart job opportunities boils down to one criteria. An interesting concept that showed how it benefits women.

Lean in is an amazing book that described the issues and barriers women face, encouraged them to lean in and offered practical solutions.  It’s an important, inspirational, and encouraging read. 

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