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Lean In: For Graduates

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,998 ratings  ·  278 reviews

Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice;

Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Knopf
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Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I loved this book! I might not be graduating from university or looking for a job right now, but later I will. This book made me realize many things I dismissed before. I never even knew that even in the US, there's still a considerable discrimination between both genders. I support every word of her book and the next is to be bought. This was my first feminist book. And definitely not the last. I truly admire Sheryl Sandberg, this book helped me gain confidence to speak up. I even told my frien ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
IQ "'As black women, we know from early childhood that we are going to be discriminated against. It is a fact that runs through most of our lives. So when we get to corporate America, there are no surprises for us. White women, however, are in shock'. In this book, Sheryl writes that she graduated from college believing that equality would be achieved in our generation. I was raised to know we still had a long way to go." Mellody Hobson, 225

I loved this. Ultimately, very helpful. 2015 will be the year i Lean In.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I love Sheryl Sandberg! I'm going to have to buy this book so I can highlight just about every page. I have not read the original Lean In, which was an instant must read. This edition adds some career advice for graduates and personal anecdotes from prominent female leaders.

What I found completely fascinating about the book is how Sheryl takes every type of behavior, breaks it down and shows the ultimate consequence. For instance, don't quit your job until you are actually ready to leave. If you
4 stars for the original Lean In, 2 for the extra material in this edition (more on that later). Sandberg talks in a down-to-earth way about the underrepresentation of women in positions of power, and uses statistics, studies, and personal anecdotes to give women advice on how to avoid holding themselves back in the workforce. I was worried that she’d overstate women’s abilities and responsibilities to affect change, but she does a great job of acknowledging systemic problems while encouraging w ...more
Valisa Harris
"I feel bad for white women. As black women, we know from early childhood that we are going to be discriminated against. It is a fact that runs through most of our lives. So when we get to corporate America, there are no surprises for us. White women, however, are in shock." - Mellody Hobson.
The first 200+ pages didn't fully sit well with me until I read Mellody's chapter. I couldn't understand why I constantly kept thinking throughout the reading of this book, 'why are we discussing this or wh
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't certain if this book would feel relevant to me, since I have never had the ambition to climb any corporate ladders, but it did. The book is a poignant (and often humorous) reminder that sexism and glass ceilings still exist, and Sandberg makes a strong case for why we need to have women at the very tops of corporations and governments - for the good of all. She also expands her thesis enough to motivate women(and men)who want to prioritize family, volunteer efforts, or creative endeavor ...more
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a valuable starting point for people who want to raise their awareness about the existing subconscious gender-based biases. It is not easy to to understand the depth of a problem without ever having experienced, something that is at least a bit similar, yourself; this might be an obstacle to men in the case of subjects relating to gender-based discriminations. Instead of jumping to the problems directly, the author takes you to a personal journey of her life after graduation ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
It seemed to me this book was written by somebody who was out of touch with reality or clearly a reality that doesn’t intersect with the world I live in.

There are a lot of platitudes in this book. It reads often like one long TED lecture. I hate TED lectures because they see the world in simple terms through the one variable that the speaker is focused on and pretends is all important. The world is not one dimensional. The world never worlds in a vacuum and there are often moving parts that int
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only a great How-to book on navigating workplace obstacles like overt and subtle sexism, but also a great in depth discussion of what really happens as a powerful female. Sandberg uses examples from her personal life, as well as some of her colleagues and friends, that shed light on what women face every single day walking into the office. She also provides in depth examination on what built the expectations women face, and how they are still perpetuated today.

I've experienced similar grey
I would have given the original Lean In 4 stars, but the additions to the for graduates edition was not well done.

Maybe I feel this way because, although I read this as a recent graduate, I'm not a recent high school or undergraduate graduate. I just graduated from graduate school, after many years of having worked after undergrad. Although, I don't think that has really caused me to have a bias.

What I did not realize originally is that the first half of this book is the original Lean In, withou
Batzul Gerelsaikhan
I wish I had read this book sooner. Much sooner.

Sheryl Sandberg talks about successful women's career, life struggles, gender stratification, "coming back after maternity leave", marriage and family struggles, hate and jealousy in a hilarious writing! She is funny and can be related without any shame.

It is so saddening to hear that she lost her husband this year, which she often praised in her book as the best partner (husband, father to her kids and her best friend) she could have asked for.

This book is partly about feminism and partly about working in general. It was a very interesting read, because in a few months I will (probably) start working in a male-dominated field. It is not often that you read a book exactly at the right moment in your life.
I would recommend the Graduate Edition to anyone in their 20s. The original book is supplemented with a letter from Sheryl and a collection of essays from various authors. I thought the essays at the end were at least as valuable as th
Zoe Elizabeth
The added content is ok but definitely seems like it was put there to combat some of edge original criticisms of the book. While I did enjoy the added content as a soon-to-be graduate I didn't feel like there was a whole lot of game changing stuff in there. If you've never taken on a job hunt before it could be really great, but as someone who has worked her way though college I felt it left something to be desired.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book that is a must read for all women ! The writing style is engaging and the author mentions anecdotes that every woman can relate to. I found the book a little more suitable for women who have been in the workforce for a few years, but the last few chapters are extremely useful for recent graduates. So all in all, if you're looking for an inspiring read, look no further !
Alysyn Reinhardt
Getting this book because I follow Rosianna Halse Rojas on Youtube & she made a wonderful argument for well as contributing to it.
Nandita Damaraju
I’d give this 6 stars if I could. For a young woman who has just ventured out into the “real world”, navigating the labyrinth of your career and life (a.k.a. Adulting) can be quite daunting. This was just the book I needed! I spent two weeks reading this relatively small book, because every line struck a chord with me and sent me into a tangential train of thought. I could relate to so many things mentioned in the book, that I had previously dismissed as a personal flaw or had even failed to not ...more
Lauren Unreal
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Major takeaways. More to be added later on.

0. Recognize that the professional world in many aspects is still unfriendly to women (more so for women of color, alas). Moreover, recognize that this hostility a lot of the times actually comes from women themselves, which is tragic. Some people will not want to see you grow. Some people will not like you precisely for the correct things you have done. It is not going to be easy. It will be painful but less painful if you are mentally prepared.

1. Find
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm noticing a trend where no matter how much I enjoy a book, it takes me about 2 weeks to read it because of my stupid life. Anyway, I VERY MUCH enjoyed this book. It has fantastic (if not depressing) data on the state of affairs for women in the workforce and outstanding advice for how to handle the obstacles women often face in their careers. I was on the defense because this book was written by extremely privileged women and I assumed the entire thesis depended on the reader having very loft ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
Suggested reading for anyone stepping into the job world for the first timw for sure, but also for those who have been around for a while. I particularly liked the pro active attitude of Sheryl. Of course there's a still much to do, but knowing that you can still do somwthing to improve your situation, and that of future women, is such an empowering and calming feeling. Also the duality of gender equality / freedom of choice, whatever this may mean to you personally and whatever sex you might be ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The added chapter contain very useful additional information as well as memorable testimonials from those who've participated in Lean In circles and similar support groups. The additional essays were especially thought-provoking; I encourage those who've read the original Lean In to peruse the added chapters if possible.
Sheryl Sandberg made some incredible points about biases in the workplace. I enjoyed reading about her advice on getting a seat in the table. Her ideas about equal partnership in marriages and childbearing were insightful as well. However it’s very clear that a lot of her advice only applies to wealthy women. She acknowledges her privilege however she doesn’t really have any words for women who don’t share her elite status
Brian Kagimu
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone of us can achieve their destiny regardless of their sex or race. We just need to work hard and support others.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, surprising myself. As a recent graduate, I didn't realize how much I was already holding myself back without even trying. I'm excited to start practicing ideas in this book.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
On a second read, the book is plain toxic. It is a pleasant read, and you can scroll down for the intial review.

The shortest version: if feminism is about equality between sexes, Sandberg is strongly against. Page after page she fights for giving enough entitlements to make the gap wider.

The book can be a source of misery. A woman acknowledges the whole society demands her an aberrant goal: to renounce to self and it's not just her traditional family. He has the living proof and example of her m
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I enjoyed it very much. I cannot wait to start a career and lean in to my full potential.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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Raj Agrawal
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to, but I loved this book.

What this wasn't -- it wasn't a book about how men are bad and women need to fight back.

What this was -- a book I want my daughter, my sons, and every one of my teammates to read.

While the target audience is women (with choices), there is a much-needed chapter for men to lean in at home and in support of women in the workplace.

This is a persuasive, and well-articulated argument for women to be confident, assertive, and to go after what their dreams.
Jessica Medved
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sociological look at women in the workforce as well as minorities and how it is the responsibility of all people, minority or otherwise to work together to get all people to a place of equal.

The book has special chapters for new graduates on how to edit your resume and how to act during interviews. It also includes the regular chapters of lean in regarding the equal balance of men and women doing professional work as well as child rearing.

The book focuses a lot on give and take i
Laura Little
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
While the concepts might be well-summarized in other media, an essential read, possibly for men moreso than women. While many have criticized Sheryl for focusing perhaps more on women's internal struggles ("don't leave before you leave") vs. external barriers, I think Lean Is both well-balanced and thoughtful in offering suggestions to men and women both in business and on the home front.

My only possible criticism for this book is how its natural audience (white collar, college-educated men/wom
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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.

Sheryl received a BA summa cum laud
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