Guest Editorial > Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg



Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead By Sheryl Sandberg | Teresa Widdecombe

Learning to 'lean in' is about tackling the anxieties and preconceptions that stop women reaching the top - taking a place at the table, and making yourself a part of the debate. This book by the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook - and one of Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - is in the 'can't put down' category, says Teresa Widdecombe.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead  By Sheryl Sandberg




When was the last time you picked up a book and could not put it down because it verified your thoughts and gave insight into daily routines; a book that is written with humour, wisdom and evidence? A book that attempts to answer the question: Why are the majority of leadership positions still held by men?


Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes and offers gripping, common-sense solutions that can empower women but also men to achieve their full potential.  Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a wakeup call and a template for individual growth.


While the book flows into different themes which are food for thought, I found three of them staying with me.

1 No matter where you are in the ‘ladder’, if you are invited to a meeting then sit at the table and not on the side.

2 Do not think of your career as a ladder but a jungle gym. A ladder is too limiting and doesn’t allow flexibility but a jungle gym provides many different ways to get to the top and at your pace.

3 Don’t leave before you leave. Planning too far in advance can close down doors rather than open them. Women have a habit of planning their entire future from a very early age and the choices/dreams can limit your options.

What if….I want to get married?  What if ….I want children?  What if I want to be CEO? How will I be able to balance it?


Sheryl Sandberg is ranked in Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.


This is a must read book not just as a one off but a yearly read. It is so motivating that I have now reignited my energy to LEAN IN!



Teresa Widdecombe


Healthcare & Medicines Management Consultant



Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead  By Sheryl Sandberg  is published by W H Allen, £9.24 via Amazon