Why It’s Okay to Redefine ‘Leaning In’

Why It’s Okay to Redefine ‘Leaning In’

“Leaning in” can mean many things to different people, but at its core, it revolves around choices that have to be made. Lindsey Stanberry recently penned a piece that focused on Anne-Marie Slaughter’s perspective on leaning in, which she discusses in her new book Unfinished Business.

Throughout the piece Stanberry bounces between the desire to lean in and the reality that leaning in doesn’t mean just leaning in to a career — it, at different times in one’s life, can also mean leaning into family.

“Whether or not I have kids, my personal life and my career will certainly have moments when the two roads deviate in wildly different directions, and I will have to make hard decisions,” she writes.

In a conversation with Slaughter, Stanberry focuses on removing the guilt from the fact that decisions have to be made and sometimes they go against what you thought would define a certain moment.

Stanberry ends with, “She said the main thing she wanted women and men to take away from this book is that these anxieties about balancing work and family shouldn’t just be women’s issues. ‘These are social problems, workplace problems, and couple problems,’ she says. ‘It may not make the problem go away, but at least it’s not just falling on your shoulders.’”

Cover image courtesy of WOCin Tech Chat.