After a morning of packing snacks, brushing hair, and locating lost folders, the kids were finally on the bus. The door had barely closed when my phone started ringing. "Were you watching the news this morning? You need to go out and buy Lean In, for yourself and for your daughters."
Without having the chance to read Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I quickly perused my "go-to" news sites. “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and men ran half our homes,” writes Sandberg. She says that women are being overlooked for positions due to poor negotiating shills and a lack of confidence. She feels women are responsible for why men dominate at the highest levels of corporate and political leadership. Sandberg believes one of the main reasons women don't "lean in" is because of children and family, even if the woman does not have children yet. This causes them to look for flexible positions which will provide reduced responsibilities in preparation for the future.
Sandberg's intention is to encourage people to lean in to overcome obstacles to achieve a goal. When I received Josie's diagnoses I leaned in to my computer screen to do as much research as I could so that I could be her best advocate. Bedrest, pre-term labor, and parenting a micro-preemie caused me to lean in to the uncertainty and fear that came with not knowing what the next day would bring. I lean in as far as I can reach as I stand my ground when dealing with editors. I have learned that the more I lean in, the more others start leaning in with me.
How do you lean in?