33 Best Sheryl Sandberg Quotes

33 Best Sheryl Sandberg Quotes

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Sheryl Sandberg is a tech executive, author, and activist from Washington D.C.. She is most known for being the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and was one of the first women to serve on the company’s board of directors. Before landing her job at Facebook she was the VP of Global Online Sales and Operations for Google.

“A feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.”

“But I really believe that when you give people authentic identity, which is what Facebook does, and you can be your real self and connect with real people online, things will change.”

“But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.”

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”

“Done is better than perfect.”

“Give us a world where half our homes are run by men, and half our institutions are run by women. I’m pretty sure that would be a better world.”

“I would love to meet J.K. Rowling and tell her how much I admire her writing and am amazed by her imagination. I read every ‘Harry Potter’ book as it came out and looked forward to each new one. I am rereading them now with my kids and enjoying them every bit as much. She made me look at jelly beans in a whole new way.”

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

“It bothered me because like most people who have choices, I am not completely comfortable with mine.”

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”

“Men can comfortably claim credit for what they do as long as they don’t veer into arrogance. For women, taking credit comes at a real social and professional cost.”

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about.”

“Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical, and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed…. Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.”

“Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception. It is easy to dislike senior women because there are so few.”

“She explained that many people, but especially women, feel fraudulent when they are praised for their accomplishments. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women can’t seem to shake the sense that it is only a matter of time until they are found out for who they really are- impostors with limited skills or abilities.”

“Social gains are never handed out. They must be seized.”

“Still, my argument was that if she was going to work for the next thirty years, what difference does going “back” four years really make? If the other path made her happier and offered her a chance to learn new skills, that meant she was actually moving forward.”

“Success, for me, is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she’s cheered on and supported.”

“The cost of stability is often diminished opportunities for growth.”

“The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don’t expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don’t.”

“The reason I don’t have a plan is because if I have a plan I’m limited to today’s options.”

“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

“Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not gong to achieve as much as men.”

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

“we compromise our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet.”

“We need to stop telling [women], “Get a mentor and you will excel.” Instead, we need to tell them, “Excel and you will get a mentor.”

“What about the rat race in the first place? Is it worthwhile? Or are you just buying into someone else’s definition of success? Only you can decide that, and you’ll have to decide it over and over and over. But if you think it’s a rat race, before you drop out, take a deep breath. Maybe you picked the wrong job. Try again. And then try again.”

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

“When woman work outside the home and share breadwinning duties, couples are more likely to stay together. In fact, the risk of divorce reduces by about half when a wife earns half the income and a husband does half the housework.”

“When you’re more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work.”

“Writing this book is not just me encouraging others to lean in. This is me leaning in. Writing this book is what I would do if I weren’t afraid.”