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Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg
A must-see speech given last year by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on why we have too few women leaders.
“Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” Sandberg stated with supporting data. For example, men tend to cite themselves as the primary reason for success, while women tend to cite external factors. And 57% of men negotiate their first salary out of college, while only 7% of women do the same.
In the video she also gives three really great pieces of advice for fellow females:

1. Sit at the table – women systematically underrate their own abilities. As a result, women don’t negotiate for themselves in the workplace. Women attribute success to external factors, men attribute success to themselves. No one gets to the corner office by sitting on the side not at the table and no one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success or they don’t know their own success.

2. Make your partner a real partner – make your partnership an equal partnership. Societal pressures are just as hard for men who want to stay home to look after the kids, whilst their wives are at work, as it is for the wives to be leaders. We can’t solve the problems of the lack of female leaders if we neglect to also solve the problems of the lack of stay-at-home fathers.

3. Don’t leave before you leave – basically, don’t back away from opportunities because you don’t think you would be able to fit it in with a family life or maternity leave, which could happen sometime in the future, but is not in your reality right now. From the moment a women starts having a child, and she starts thinking of how to make room for that child in her already busy life. And from that moment, she doesn’t raise her hand any more, look for a promotion, and start a new project. 

Good to know – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, in charge of sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Before joining Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. Earlier in her career, she worked in the U.S. Treasury Department as Chief of Staff for Larry Summers and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Sheryl Sandberg studied at Harvard University where she received a B.A. in Economics and an MBA with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School.In 2010, Sheryl was #16 on 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune.

Jeudi 13 Octobre 2011

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