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Is It Feasible For Female Texas Professionals To ‘Lean In’?

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The so-called work-life balance for women has become a hot topic of debate since Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg published her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.

Focusing on what is basically hidden sexism and discrimination in the workplace, Sandberg’s book is calling for women to “lean in” and be more aggressive in pursuing their professional ambitions. With that in mind, do you think women should do more to lead in the workplace?

Professional leaders, both male and female, are being encouraged to make contributions to the Lean In website by giving everyday examples of the challenges faced, both at home and work.

One CEOs post centers around the Young Presidents’ Organization, a Dallas-based global membership group for chief executives under the age of 45. The woman talked about joining the chapter in Chicago that, “consisted of 180 men and only five women.” A website posting by a native-Texan tells her story of being upwardly mobile professionally and then fearing a new job opportunity because of how others might view her.

While many consider Sandberg’s book a call to arms, others are speaking out, saying leaning in is exactly what women shouldn’t do.

Over the weekend, the former CFO for Lehman Brothers, Erin Callan, wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times that included regrets about devoting all of herself to her job. Callan wrote, “Work always came first, before my family, friends and marriage — which ended just a few years later.” The later portion of her piece included the reflection, “Until recently, I thought my singular focus on my career was the most powerful ingredient in my success. But I am beginning to realize that I sold myself short.”

Do you think women are forced to first make personal choices and then pursue leadership aspirations? Should they “lean in” and shoulder the weight of professional accomplishment in a male-oriented and dominated society? Leave your comments below and let us know how you feel.

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