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Women in Leadership Roles: Sheryl Sandberg’s Take

March 10, 2013 | John P. | Comments (0)

As International Women’s Day has finished for another year, there are many examples of women undertaking a leadership role in a variety of contexts such as business, education, government, and sports etc. An example from the business world would be Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Facebook. Ms. Sandberg has an impressive academic background with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.

Sandberg began speaking about why the business world has too few female leaders in the upper echelons of companies at the TED Talk in 2010. The culmination of her efforts is the release of a new book on March 11-12, 2013 which will soon be available for Toronto Public Library customers.

Lean In Women Work and the Will to Lead


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead / Sheryl Sandberg, 2013.   Place Hold

Sandberg uses a combination of anecdotes including her personal experiences, data-based evidence, and research to navigate through the mixed messages and bias relating to working women, their lives and opportunities to choose. She offers advice on how to negotiate, the importance of mentoring and how to identify possible mentors, and the ability to have a meaningful career while still maintaining a personal life. Self-advocacy and self-confidence are both important skills to possess. Sandberg thinks that women still have a long way to go in achieving a stronger place at the higher levels of companies (only 21 women are in charge of Fortune 500 companies, and pay equity is lagging) and organizations but has encouraged women to have big dreams, steer through obstacles, and achieve their goals.


See also: Audiobook, eBook, and Talking Book (Restricted to Print Disabled Patrons) formats.


Please let us know what you think of the book after you have read it. Thank you.


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