Why we have too few women leaders – Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook with an illustrious business career – including Vice President of Google’s Global Online Sales and Operations, and Chief of Staff for the US Secretary of the Treasury.

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Her business accomplishments are certainly inspiring, but what really drew her to my attention is that she has plenty to say about women in leadership roles.

With the release of her first book, ‘Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’, she has put her money where her mouth is – and inspired a movement in doing so.

Her book has sold 1 million copies to date and has been on the bestseller lists since it’s launch. It addresses many of the barriers that prevent women from taking leadership roles in the workplace such as discrimination, and both blatant and subtle sexism.

There are no victims in this story however, and she argues that in order for change to happen women need to break down their own barriers.

As I have witnessed many times (and especially with younger women), much of our discrimination is self-perpetuated with societal gender roles and systematic discrimination. It’s the women putting each other down for their ambition, or for when they strive outside of the traditional.

When you stop to consider that “Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception. It is easy to dislike senior women because there are so few.” – it’s easy to see how far we still have to go.

If you want to learn a little more, grab yourself a cup of tea and watch her short 15 minute TEDtalk

 

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