Sheryl Sandberg has become a household name since taking the
reigns of the Facebook corporation as COO. Since then, we've watched in
fascination as her leadership position at one of the most popular technology
companies has been heralded as historic and worthy of awe. Sandberg is set to
release her new manifesto Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and in it she describes the leadership skills she developed in her youth, and some of the personality traits she exhibited in her meteoric rise to the
top of the corporate heap.
She hopes Lean In will
inspire women all across the world to speak up, stand up tall and lean in toward
their success. What Sandberg doesn't realize is that women already know to do these
things, but we are exhibiting these traits in a brand new way.
Gone are the days when all women dreamed of was a chance to don a
business suit and pumps in the race to be handed salaries comparable to men, in
corporations created by men. The business suit isn't as appealing as it once
was, and has been replaced by fabulous sweaters coupled with cut-off jean shorts
over fishnets and sneakers. The grandeur of the corporate corner office has
definitely lost its luster as women today have defined a new format for success
that is hinged on our ability to create our own products and propel them into
We're leaning in to create a lifestyle that complements our chief desires of financial security coupled with creating memorable moments with our loved ones.
Women are no longer seeking permission from superiors or earnestly hoping for a promotion from corporations created by men. We are promoting ourselves as entrepreneurs from the trenches of our neighborhoods, coffee shops and basements. Women like Sara Blakely, the creator of the Spanx brand, have rewritten what it means to be a successful woman today. Out of frustration and undeniable determination she pushed an idea for women’s apparel into a must-have item for every woman's wardrobe.
We can't celebrate successful female entrepreneurs unless we
mention creative women like Alexis Levine, who bowed out of her corporate gig
in media sales and created Savvy Media,
a boutique media buying agency that has transformed the way businesses expand
their brands. Women are leading a new revolution that doesn't bow to the rules
of yesterday. We're leaving the boardrooms to the big boys as we sip hot
chocolate in our pajamas and watch our profits increase from products and
services we invented. We're leaning in to
create a lifestyle that complements our chief desires of financial security
coupled with creating memorable moments with our loved ones.
So yes, Sheryl Sandberg will remind us to Lean In, and we are grateful for her encouragement and
instruction. We'll definitely buy a copy and take our time to read it as a
history lesson, while we adjust our new sunglasses and run our empires from our
tablets, our toes buried in the sand.