We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.— Sheryl Sandberg
The most valuable Sheryl Sandberg quotes that are little-known but priceless
If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.
We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves.
The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.
Women don't take enough risks. Men are just 'foot on the gas pedal.' We're not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.
Next time you're about to call your daughter bossy, take a deep breath and say, 'My daughter has executive leadership skills.'
In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.
If you’re offered a seat on a , don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
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.
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.
Your life's course will not be determined by doing the things that you are certain you can do. Those are the easy things. It will be determined by whether you try the things that are hard.
I want every little girl who is told she is bossy to be TOLD she has leadership skills
Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (like strategic, analytical, and performance-ori ented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed.... Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.
But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.
Done is better than perfect.
The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.
Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face.
Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.
It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution.
It's also a very clear path to happiness.
Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.
Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.
If more women are in leadership roles, we'll stop assuming they shouldn't be.
When companies offer support and assistance for personal and family hardships, their employees become more loyal and more productive.
Aiming for perfection causes frustration at best and paralysis at worst.
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.
I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.
Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.
A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence." (Harvard Business School definition of leadership)
Today, despite all of the gains we have made, neither men nor women have real choice. Until women have supportive employers and colleagues as well as partners who share family responsibilities, they don't have real choice. And until men are fully respected for contributing inside the home, they don't have real choice either.
Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception.
It is easy to dislike senior women because there are so few.
When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner.
Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated, and ambitious.
I don't pretend there aren't biological differences, but I don't believe the desire for leadership is hardwired biology, not the desire to win or excel. I believe that it's socialization, that we're socializing our daughters to nurture and our boys to lead.
The cost of stability is often diminished opportunities for growth.
Don't let your fears overwhelm your desire.
Let the barriers you face-and there will be barriers-be external, not internal. Fortune does favor the bold, and I promise that you will never know what you're capable of unless you try.
When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands.
Until women are as ambitious as men, they're not gong to achieve as much as men.
It's hard to visualize someone as a leader, if she is always waiting to be told what to do.
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.
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.
Everyone needs to get more comfortable with female leaders-including female leaders themselves.
Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.
Endless data show that diverse teams make better decisions.
We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products. That's not true of any industry really, and we have a long way to go.
It's easy to dislike the few senior women out there.
What if women were half the positions in power? It would be harder to dislike all of them.
Women have made tons of progress. But we still have a small percentage of the top jobs in any industry, in any nation in the world. I think that's partly because from a very young age, we encourage our boys to lead and we call our girls bossy.
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.
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.
Women need to shift form thinking "I'm not ready to do that" to thinking "I want to do that- and I'll learn by doing it.
The things that hold women back, hold them back from sitting at the boardroom table and they hold women back from speaking at the PTA meeting.
There is no such thing as work-life balance. There is work, there is life, and there is no balance.
Communication starts with the understanding that there is my point of view (my truth) and someone else's point of view (his truth). Rarely is there one absolute truth, so people who believe that they speak the truth are very silencing of others.
Fortune does favor the bold and you'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try.
I don't hold myself out as a role model.
I don't believe that everyone should make the same choices; that everyone has to want to be a CEO, or everyone should want to be a work-at-home mother. I want everyone to be able to choose. But I want us to be able to choose unencumbered by gender choosing for us.