Does Sheryl Sandberg speak for all Women?
Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the controversial best seller, “Lean In”. She is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and she is one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave a powerful and inspiring TEDTalk where she discusses how women unintentionally hold themselves back from experiencing real success in their careers. Her commentary from this event has been viewed more than two million times and has developed into a hot topic of debate for both men and women.
Advises Women to Make Career a Priority
Sheryl Sandburg encouraged women to sit down at the table, look for challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with enthusiasm and determination. In her book, Sheryl digs deeper into the daily struggles and difficult decisions professional women face when they try to make their career a priority in their lives.
She analyzes and offers advice on this challenging topic using her own personal anecdotes, compelling data, and detailed research. Sheryl uses this book to offer working women valuable career development advice, mentorship, and practical negotiation techniques.
Can Women have it All?
One controversial concept she discusses is women need to let go of the dream that they can “have it all”. It is too difficult to achieve great professional and personal success without additional help. She describes specific steps women can take to help them combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment without becoming overwhelmed. She also suggested men can personally benefit by supporting women at home and at work.
Sheryl wrote “Lean In” to help women establish realistic goals for individual growth. She uses her experiences and humor to explain that women can do anything they set their mind to do, but it will require some help along the way.
Starts by Changing How Women View Themselves
Her book discusses in great detail how women are pulling back when they should be “leaning in”. Having a lack of self-confidence, assertiveness, or competitiveness is holding women back from receiving high power positions. She points out that most women are less comfortable in leadership roles and they need to develop that comfort level to rise to the top.
Although Sheryl does not speak for all women, she does have a real understanding of the struggles women face trying to get ahead and how hard it is to achieve a healthy work/life balance in today’s fast-paced business world. Not every woman is going to seek the same level of professional success as she did, but as whole, women need to accept that we can’t do it all on our own and it is okay to ask for support. Men have been relying on help from women for years.
Sheryl Sandberg talk to Oprah on the three biggest mistakes women make