What insights does Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg offer for women in pharmacy?
I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In. I thought it was time to finally find out what America was reading—besides Fifty Shades of Grey or Game of Thrones, that is. I don't tend to gravitate to books like Sheryl's. In fact, without many physical bookstores around anymore, I wouldn't even know what category this book falls under, or where to appropriately place it on the bookshelf. Self-improvement? Career advice? Women's leadership? Biography? Non-Fiction?
As I was commuting home from work the other day and checking off errands, I reflected on some of the things Sheryl wrote about in her book. As a young female pharmacist who has proactively sought out various employment opportunities, I could easily relate to some of what she said. When I started out in pharmacy, there were more male pharmacists than female pharmacists. Today, there is greater balance. Yet, even with more female professionals or managers these days, have the tables really turned? Do the tables need to turn? The truth is, I am not sure. But Sheryl got me thinking not just about being a pharmacist but about being a professional. If you are interested, it never hurts to pick up a book that lots of other people are reading so you are ready for some water-cooler talk. Or, in the pharmacist’s case, behind-the-counter chatter. Consider yourself warned, however, this is not the best beach read. Sun and sand are best reserved for the series mentioned above!
Here are some of my takeaways from Lean In:
Be more open to taking career risks
Skip people pleasing
Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder
Daydream about your career
What does Lean In leave out?