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

by Sheryl Sandberg, Nell Scovell


Lean In focuses on how feminism can impact women trying to achieve success in their professional careers. Professional working women face a whole host of problems that men don’t go through—they have to constantly prove themselves to the world and to themselves, juggle taking care of their family and their job, and worst of all, deal with all the criticism and snide comments directed at them for not conforming to traditional gender roles. Lean In is written by a professional working woman (who has faced all these problems and more) as a guidebook for any women looking to become successful.

We have therefore compiled a list of actions that will help you implement the advice given in this book. Keep in mind that this book is directed toward women, so the actions will work best if carried out by women. They won’t just help you improve your professional career, they will also help you in the areas of interpersonal relationships, self-confidence, and self-development.

About the Authors

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

Nell Scovell is a television and magazine writer, producer and director. She is the creator of the television series 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch', which aired on ABC and The WB from 1996 until 2003.

Great ideas from this book


1. Don’t give in to the “impostor syndrome.”

2. Withstand criticism.


3. Don’t temper your professional goals for fear of being disliked.

4. Learn to negotiate in your professional life.

5. Put your prospective company’s needs first when applying for a job.

6. Identify your dream.

7. Set personal goals for learning new skills within 18 months.

8. Do not search for a mentor, for a mentor will find you.

9. Do not let having kids bring you down.

10. Don’t buy into the idea of “having it all.”

Interpersonal skills

11. Communicate!

12. Aim for equality in your relationships


13. Become aware of your flaws.

14. Don’t shy away from the label “feminist.”