I recently read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will To Lead.” The book is an international best seller and has sold millions of copies. But, I have to say, I found it a bit disappointing.
First, let me say, that she does offer some awesome inspiration on becoming a successful female leader. And, she hits the nail on the head when she says: “A jungle gym scramble is the best description of my career.” I don’t believe the traditional career ladder exists anymore, and anyone — regardless of age, sex, or profession — should walk through every open door that is offered to them. But, I guess that’s where I’m having a hard time connecting with Sheryl.
I’m having a hard time with the argument that ‘women don’t know their own worth.’ I’ve attended a few different lectures on the Imposter Syndrome–a condition where you constantly feel that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. In other words, you always feel like you don’t belong or don’t deserve to be where you are.
In full disclosure, I do NOT suffer from the Imposter Syndrome. I am a women. I am a mom. I am a leader. I am a PhD student. I feel that I deserve to be in the room and at the table of every major conversation. I deserve every promotion and every high-five. I work hard, and I will continue to work hard, to earn everything that I have. I am blessed. I am determined. I am optimistic.
After reading up, I feel like Sheryl’s book is not geared towards women, but rather those who have the Imposter Syndrome. So, if you’re contemplating the book–check out the Imposter Syndrome first and then decide if it’s something you need.
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