As I listen to the challenges and put together a program for a group of 40 women executives who are reading the book “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, I’ve garnered an issue that needs to be addressed.
Now, author Sheryl Sandberg may talk about what I’m about to say in the book but I have not read it in its entirety but will given my clients are fully engaged in it. Not to mention, it has been on my list to read.
It came to me that we, as women, have the responsibility to lean in for ourselves – as the book says – however we also have a responsibility to “lean in for others” and bring them along with us.
As I scan my many years of coaching women leaders, this lean in notion raised a point.
Yes, we must “lean in” for ourselves meaning there is no pathway to the top when you sit back without taking risk and voicing your “not so popular” opinion. Leaning in and taking risk affords you an opportunity that your voice be heard, your intelligence ignited and the ability to “lead” is illuminated.
In a nutshell, when you “lean in” you take your career into your own hands and paint your pathway.
We do it for ourselves and do it for others. When we lean in for each other we grow and achiever
greater success. When my colleague and friend Sheree Mann, COO of The Right Plan achieves great success and I can use her success to make a point in my presentations, I choose to do so because it has her “lean in” where I am even though she’s not there.
And because I bring results oriented consults, new levels of thinking and breakthrough that has allowed her to succeed, she acknowledges me as the source of her accomplishments as well.
Sometimes we as women take each other for granted. Because she’s a friend, confidant or colleague going for the same things, we neglect to think of the value she brings to your success.
We can “lean in” for each other. Men lean in for men all the time, but we as women may or may not do the same because we are trying to “fight” for our own position or success. But we don’t have to.
The way to the top is together, not solo!!!
Who can you lean in for that you’ve not thought of or taken for granted?
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