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“Leaning In” By Another Name

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April 13, 2013 by Dragonfly Diva

lean in together

I’ve been minimally following the “Leaning In” topic over the past month or so. In this article I agree. It is time for all of us to stop finding the differences in the directional life paths we choose and start putting our arms around each others shoulders and finding the commonalities in what we all do to contribute to life, society and humanity in our own unique ways. We are sisters in this journey. Our various approaches are diverse and magnificent. By Leaning In TOGETHER, collectively we bring that splendid diversity to bat and our outcome can be bigger, stronger, and more relevant than any one of us, dreaming, daring and doing alone.

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I know that there are going to be people who vehemently disagree with my thoughts on this, but that’s okay.  I tend to speak up and out particularly if I believe others may be harmed or excluded in some way.  This is no different.

Several days ago, I heard Sheryl Sandberg say that “not all women can do what I do.”  I stopped for a minute before my head blew off my shoulders, only to conclude that regardless of whether you interpreted this statement as “I’m giddy because I have access to supports and opportunities that other women don’t” or  “I’m smarter/more capable than the rest of you,” it set me off.

Sandberg’s premise that women need to “lean in” in order to achieve, be successful, be recognized as strong negotiators or leaders … all assume that women are somehow either sitting on their behinds watching the world pass by…

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