Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg – Lean In – Contents

  • Sheryl Sandberg Biography
  • Sheryl Sandberg – Big Idea:
    • Lean In
  • Interesting Facts and Insights about Sheryl Sandberg
  • Career Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Advice for Women Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Business Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Sheryl Sandberg Inspirational Quotes
  • Books by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Questions about Sheryl Sandberg
  • Sheryl Sandberg – Videos

Sheryl Sandberg Biography

Sheryl Sandberg (born 1969) is a technology executive, author, and billionaire. She is the Chief Operating Officer and board member of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. She was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people and is reported to be worth over US$1 billion.

Before she joined Facebook, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google. Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers.

Sandberg released her first book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” co-authored with Nell Scovell in 2013. Lean In is intended for professional women to help them achieve their career goals and for men who want to contribute to a more equitable society.


Sheryl Sandberg – Big Idea: Lean In

“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” is a 2013 book written by Sheryl Sandberg and Nell Scovell. The book concerns the lack of women in government and business leadership positions and feminism. The book had sold more than one million copies and was on top of the bestseller lists.

Sheryl Sandberg’s “Big Idea” is that we all need to “Lean In” to contribute to a more equitable society. Lean In is intended for professional women to help them achieve their career goals and for men who need to contribute. Key insights and themes include:

  • What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
  • Sit at the Table – explores the theory that females more frequently than males display impostor syndrome concerns.
  • The climb to success is more like a jungle gym with multiple paths to the top, rather than a straight ladder.
  • The Need for more Mentors.
  • Make your Partner a Real Partner.
  • The Myth of Doing it All.
  • Working Together Toward Equality.

Sandberg founded LeanIn.org as a nonprofit organization, dedicated “to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.” The organization offers educational resources and programming that encourages female leadership.


Interesting Facts and Insights about Sheryl Sandberg

  • Born: Born: Sheryl Kara Sandberg, in 1969, in Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • Parents: Sandberg’s father is an ophthalmologist, and her mother was a college teacher of the French language.
  • High School: Sheryl Sandberg attended North Miami Beach High School, where she was “the top of her class,” and graduated ninth in her class.
  • Harvard: Sandberg graduated from Harvard College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
  • Prize: Sandberg was awarded the John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in economics at Harvard.
  • Larry Summers: Sheryl Sandberg met then-professor Larry Summers, who became her mentor and thesis adviser. Larry Summers later became Chief Economist of the World Bank and a senior U.S. Treasury Department official.
  • World Bank: Summers recruited Sheryl Sandberg to be his research assistant at the World Bank.
  • MBA: Sheryl Sandberg, in 1995 she earned her MBA at Harvard Business School with the highest distinction.
  • McKinsey: Sandberg worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company for approximately one year (1995–1996).
  • U.S. Treasury: From 1996 to 2001, Sheryl Sandberg again worked for Larry Summers, who was then serving as the United States Secretary of the Treasury. Sandberg assisted in the Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in the developing world during the Asian financial crisis.
  • Google: Sheryl Sandberg joined Google, where she was responsible for online sales of Google’s advertising and publishing products as well as for sales operations of Google’s consumer products and Google Book Search.
  • Facebook: In 2008, Facebook announced the hiring of Sandberg for the role of COO and her leaving Google.
  • Facebook Profit Growth: Sheryl Sandberg oversaw Facebook’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, and communications.
  • Director: In 2012, Sandberg became the first woman on Facebook’s board of directors.
  • Boardmember: Sandberg experience includes membership of several boards, including The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development, Starbucks, Brookings Institution, and Ad Council.
  • Lean In: Sandberg released her first book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” co-authored by Nell Scovell in 2013.
  • Ban Bossy: In 2014, Sandberg and Lean In sponsored the Ban Bossy campaign, a television and social media campaign designed to discourage the word bossy from general use due to its perceived harmful effect on young girls.
  • Husband: In 2015, Dave Goldberg, Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly.
  • Foundation: In 2016, Sandberg renamed her “Lean In Foundation” to the “Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation.”
  • Politics: Sandberg supported Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Honors: Sandberg has been ranked on various lists, including:
    • One of the 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine, in 2018 as #6.
    • On the list of 50 “Women to Watch” by The Wall Street Journal.
    • On “The World’s 50 Most Influential Jews” conducted by The Jerusalem Post.
    • Named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by Time.
    • “25 Most Influential People on the Web” by Business Week
    • One of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
  • Option B: Sandberg released her second book, “Option B,” in 2017, co-authored with Adam Grant. Over 2 million copies have been sold since publication.
  • Criticism: Sandberg has been criticized in the press for her handling of Facebook’s public relations after revelations of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and its Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
  • Home: Sandberg lives in Menlo Park, California.

Career Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg

“Not taking failures personally allows us to recover — and even to thrive.”

“Not everything that happens to us happens because of us.”

“Done is better than perfect.”

“Self-doubt becomes a form of self-defense.”… We put ourselves down before others can.”

“I recommend adopting two concurrent goals: a long-term dream and an eighteen-month plan.”

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

“Anyone lucky enough to have options should keep them open. Don’t enter the workforce already looking for the exit. Don’t put on the brakes. Accelerate. Keep a foot on the gas pedal until a decision must be made. That’s the only way to ensure that when that day comes, there will be a real decision to make.”

“Only one criterion mattered when picking a job — fast growth. When companies grow quickly, there are more things to do than there are people to do them. When companies grow more slowly or stop growing, there is less to do and too many people to not be doing them.”

“Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier.”

“Feeling confident — or pretending that you feel confident — is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliche, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.”

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”


Advice for Women Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg

“Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work.”

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

“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”

“Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”

“We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.”

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

“When you look at successful women, they have other women who have supported them, and they’ve gotten to where they are because of those women.”

“I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a women makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is.”

“I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming.”

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

“Next time you are about to call a little girl ‘bossy’, say instead: she has executive leadership skills.”

“Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.”

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

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”

“The more women help one another, the more we help ourselves. Acting like a coalition truly does produce results.”

“For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at worst.”

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”

Business Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg

“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”

“Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.”

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

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

“Men are promoted based on potential, while women are promoted based on past accomplishments.”

“Every job will demand some sacrifice. The key is to avoid unnecessary sacrifice.”


Leadership and Management Advice Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg

“You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”

“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

“Leadership belongs to those who take it.”

“Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face – and there will be barriers – be external, not internal.”

You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it.”

“The best antidote to bad speech is good speech. The best antidote to hate is tolerance.”

“Sharing emotions builds deeper relationships. Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about. To really care about others, we have to understand them — what they like and dislike, what they feel as well as think.”

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

“Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.”

“When tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs constricts your ability to think or even breath. Or you can try to find meaning.”

“Authentic communication is not always easy, but it is the basis for successful relationships at home and real effectiveness at work. Yet people constantly back away from honesty to protect themselves and others. This reticence causes and perpetuates all kinds of problems: uncomfortable issues that never get addressed, resentment that builds, unfit managers who get promoted rather than fired, and on and on. Often these situations don’t improve because no one tells anyone what is really happening. We are so rarely brave enough, to tell the truth.”


“Don’t let your fears overwhelm your desire. Let the barriers you face – and there will be barriers – be external, not internal.”

– Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg Inspirational Quotes

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

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

“I learned that in the face of a void or in the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.”

“Fortune does favor the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.”

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

“Given how fast the world moves today, grabbing opportunities is more important than ever.”

“Just as our bodies have a physiological immune system, our brains have a psychological immune system — and there are steps you can take to help kick it into gear.”

“We find our humanity — our will to live and our ability to love — in our connections to one another. Be there for your family and friends. And I mean in person. Not just in a message with a heart emoji.”

“Build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strikes, know that you have the ability to get through absolutely anything. I promise you do. As the saying goes, we are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined.”


Books by Sheryl Sandberg

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg, 2013
  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg, 2017
  • Lean In for Graduates, by Nell Scovell and Sheryl Sandberg, 2014

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“Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that- and I’ll learn by doing it.”

– Sheryl Sandberg

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