Lean in

Lean in means to grab opportunities without hesitation. An older meaning for lean in is to incline into something, such as a skier leaning in at a turn or pedestrian leaning in to the wind during a heavy gale. In 2013, Sheryl Sandburg published a book called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In it, she suggests that women should seize opportunities during their careers and not limit themselves, the metaphor is a woman at a business meeting leaning in and engaging with the challenges being put forth, not leaning back and disengaging. In a short few years, the phrase lean in has begun to be used in ways unrelated to business. Related terms are leans in, leaned in, leaning in.


The Lean In theory of business dealings would suggest that these women should still negotiate, because people tend to gain from negotiations. (The Malay Mail)

“Lean In,” a panel of six female scientists who share their stories, was created to inspire young women in the STEM fields to pursue their passions despite obstacles such as the wage gap and gender discrimination. (The News & Observer)

Instead of expecting women in business to lean in, we need men to stand up for them (The Daily News)

The trouble is, this feminism is focused on encouraging educated middle-class women to “lean in” and “crack the glass ceiling” – in other words, to climb the corporate ladder. (The New York Times)

The California high school student is smart, accomplished and on target to “lean in” at a top-tier college and in her professional future. (The Marin Independent Journal)

On the most significant day of my professional life, having the confidence to lean in and give everything I had is what got me through. (The Chicago Tribune)

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