The Book in Three Sentences: Sheryl describes the pain she went through with the loss of her spouse and the tactics, tools, and helpful tips that helped her begin to overcome the tragedy. She emphasized the importance of realizing these tragic events aren’t permanent (i.e. you will feel happiness again), personal (i.e. it’s not your fault), or pervasive (i.e. there are good things happening in your life). For helping kids deal with tragedy, Sheryl highlighted four core beliefs that are important to instill in young people: 1) they have some control over their lives; 2) they can learn from failure; 3) they matter as human beings; and 4) they have real strengths to rely on and share.
Based on her TED talk, Sandberg’s Lean In focuses on why we have so few women in leadership roles in the workplace. Sandberg discusses many personal stories and blockers she encountered on her road to becoming COO at Facebook. She discusses her thoughts on what is holding women back right now and strategies to fix the men to women ratio. It’s highly worth a read (regardless of whether you’re a woman or not) as it sheds some light on a problem that we’re all a part of.