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  • Published: 2 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780753541647
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.99

Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

A provocative and inspiring work on overcoming the obstacles facing women on the path to leadership

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In is a massive cultural phenomenon and its title has become an instant catchphrase for empowering women. The book soared to the top of bestseller lists internationally, igniting global conversations about women and ambition. Sandberg packed theatres, dominated opinion pages, appeared on every major television show and on the cover of Time magazine, and sparked ferocious debate about women and leadership.

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they'd feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

The statistics, although an improvement on previous decades, are certainly not in women's favour – of 197 heads of state, only twenty-two are women. Women hold just 20 percent of seats in parliaments globally, and in the world of big business, a meagre eighteen of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women.

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world's most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

  • Published: 2 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780753541647
  • Imprint: WH Allen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton.

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Praise for Lean In

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.’ With stories from her own life and data carefully researched, Sheryl Sandberg reminds women that they have to believe in themselves and reach for opportunities. More women than men may need that advice, but I'd bet that both genders would profit from this very well-done book

Marjorie Scardino, Former CEO, Pearson PLC

If you loved Sheryl Sandberg’s incredible TEDTalk on why we have too few women leaders, or simply believe as I do that we need equality in the boardroom, then this book is for you. As Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg has first-hand experience of why having more women in leadership roles is good for business as well as society. Lean In is essential reading for anyone interested in righting the injustice of this inequality

Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, the Virgin Group

Sheryl provides practical suggestions for managing and overcoming the challenges that arise on the "jungle gym" of career advancement. I nodded my head in agreement and laughed out loud as I read these pages. Lean In is a superb, witty, candid, and meaningful read for women (and men) of all generations

Condoleezza Rice, Former U.S. Secretary of State

For the past five years, I've sat at a desk next to Sheryl and I've learned something from her almost every day. She has a remarkable intelligence that can cut through complex processes and find solutions to the hardest problems. Lean In combines Sheryl's ability to synthesize information with her understanding of how to get the best out of people. The book is smart and honest and funny. Her words will help all readers—especially men—to become better and more effective leaders

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook

The key to opening some of life’s most difficult doors is already in our hands. Sheryl's book reminds us that we can reach within ourselves to achieve greatness

Alicia Keys

Lean In poses a set of ambitious challenges to women: to create the lives we want, to be leaders in our work, to be partners in our homes, and to be champions of other women. Sheryl provides pragmatic advice on how women in the twenty-first century can meet these challenges. I hope women—and men—of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in

Chelsea Clinton

Sheryl Sandberg brilliantly explains how she believes women must put themselves forward if the gender gap is ever to be closed – I agree, but I would add women should not only lean in, but also stand up and cheer.

Martha Lane Fox

Sandberg is the sort of figure that any woman – and any man – should find admirable … An inspiring read.


The Betty Friedan of her generation

Wall Street Journal

A feminist’s manual of grace, grit and humour

Irish Sunday Independent

Lean in, man up – the clarion call to women everywhere to take leadership roles and end the gender inequalities of the work place


Sandberg’s message matters deeply: it has a shot at bringing about a cultural change that would improve the lives of all women.

Evening Standard

Empowering career advice … Sandberg has produced a clear and engaging treatise outlining the sociological forces that work against women’s professional advancement. To that end she has added personal anecdotes and reflections from forging her own career in a male-dominated work-force, giving an intriguing glimpse into the experience of one of the most successful women in business … Lean In is as much a leadership manifesto as a feminist one

Financial Times

Sandberg urges working mothers, or as she calls them ‘career-loving parents’, to get over their fears of being inadequate mothers … I don’t care if Sandberg wears Prada ankle boots or Birkenstocks, she has a valid point to make. There is nothing to be complacent about

Sunday Times

What Sandberg offers is a view that shows 20-somethings that choices and trade-offs surely exist, but that the ‘old normal’ of blunting ambition so that you can fit in one category or another does not have to be the way it is.


A brave book to write … direct, funny and critical

The Economist

The business manual of the year

The Times

Any woman should welcome Lean In as a guide to cracking the glass ceiling


We need far more people like her


Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous … Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible … While it’s obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg’s book, so do men – perhaps even more so


A landmark manifesto

New York Times