A Collection Of The Best Sheryl Sandberg Quotes Ever

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In this article, we will be looking into the words/ best Sheryl Sandberg quotes one of the top female tech billionaires in the United States, Sheryl Sandberg.

 

Biography

Sheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American technology executive, author, and billionaire philanthropist. She is currently the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook and the founder of LeanIn.Org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors by existing board members, making her the first woman to serve on its board.

Prior to her joining Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and was involved in Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org.

In 2012, she was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. As of December 2019, Sandberg is reported to be worth over US$1.8 billion, due to her stock holdings in Facebook and other companies.

 

Best Sheryl Sandberg Quotes Ever

 

I have carefully selected a number of Sheryl Sandberg quoted on leadership, teamwork, resilience, and the importance of leadership being a tool to make others better.

1.  “I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, “Yes, I have it all.'” Because no matter what any of us has—and how grateful we are for what we have—no one has it all.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

2.  “When woman work outside the home and share breadwinning duties, couples are more likely to stay together. In fact, the risk of divorce reduces by about half when a wife earns half the income and a husband does half the housework.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

3.  “I realized that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty,” which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after.

Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

4.  “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

5.  “We compromise our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

6.  “Each one of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

7.  “The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don’t expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don’t.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

8.  “Social gains are never handed out. They must be seized.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

9.  “Our culture needs to find a robust image of female success that is first, not male, and second, not a white woman on the phone, holding a crying baby,” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

10.  “The promise of equality is not the same as true equality.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

11.  “Aggressive and hard-charging women violate unwritten rules about acceptable social conduct. Men are continually applauded for being ambitious and powerful and successful, but women who display these same traits often pay a social penalty. Female accomplishments come at a cost.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

12.  “And in situations where a man and a woman each receive negative feedback, the woman’s self-confidence and self-esteem drop to a much greater degree. The internalization of failure and the insecurity it breeds hurt future performance, so this pattern has serious long-term consequences.”― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

13.  “We need to stop telling [women], “Get a mentor and you will excel.” Instead, we need to tell them, “Excel and you will get a mentor.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

14.  “Presenting leadership as a list of carefully defined qualities (strategic, analytical, and performance-oriented) no longer holds. Instead, true leadership stems from individuality that is honestly and sometimes imperfectly expressed… Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

15.  “Every job will demand some sacrifice. The key is to avoid unnecessary sacrifice.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

16.  “I learned that effective 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.

When we realize and recognize that we can see things only from our own perspective, we can share our views in a nonthreatening way. Statements of opinion are always more constructive in the first person “I” form. The ability to listen is as important as the ability to speak. Communication is always a two-way street.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

17.  “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

18.  “As women must be more empowered at work, men must be more empowered at home. I have seen so many women inadvertently discourage their husbands from doing their share by being too controlling or critical.

Social scientists call this “maternal gatekeeping” which is a fancy term for “Ohmigod, that’s not the way you do it! Just move aside and let me!”.

Anyone who wants her mate to be a true partner must treat him as an equal–and equally capable partner. And if that’s not reason enough, bear in mind that a study found that wives who engage in gatekeeping behaviors do five more hours of family work per week than wives who take a more collaborative approach.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

19.  “Give us a world where half our homes are run by men, and half our institutions are run by women. I’m pretty sure that would be a better world.” ― Sheryl Sandberg

20.  “Resilience comes from deep within us and from support outside us. It comes from gratitude for what’s good in our lives and from leaning in to the suck. It comes from analyzing how we process grief and from simply accepting that grief. Sometimes, we have less control than we think. Other times we have more. I learned that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Courage

21.  “A feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the genders.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

22.  “Post-traumatic growth could take five different forms: finding personal strength, gaining appreciation, forming deeper relationships, discovering more meaning in life, and seeing new possibilities.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

23.  “Not everything that happens to us happens because of us.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

24.  “Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

25.  “I am more vulnerable than I thought, but much stronger than I ever imagined.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

Leadership

26.  “Men can comfortably claim credit for what they do as long as they don’t veer into arrogance. For women, taking credit comes at a real social and professional cost.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

27.  “Another one of my favorite posters at Facebook declares in big red letters, “Done is better than perfect.” I have tried to embrace this motto and let go of unattainable standards. Aiming for perfection causes frustration at best and paralysis at worst.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

28.  “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.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

29.  “I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

30.  “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.

When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated, and ambitious. 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 hotter.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

31.  “Professional ambition is expected of men but is optional—or worse, sometimes even a negative—for women. “She is very ambitious” is not a compliment in our culture.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

32.  “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

33.  “Building resilience depends on the opportunities children have and the relationships they form with parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends. We can start by helping children develop four core beliefs: (1) they have some control over their lives; (2) they can learn from failure; (3) they matter as human beings; and (4) they have real strengths to rely on and share.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

34.  “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, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

35.  “Hard work and results should be recognized by others, but when they aren’t, advocating for oneself becomes necessary. As discussed earlier, this must be done with great care. But it must be done.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

36.  “Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard said that life can only be understood backward but it must be lived forward.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

37.  “When companies fail, it’s usually for reasons that almost everyone knows but almost no one has voiced. When someone isn’t making good decisions, few have the guts to tell that person, especially if that person is the boss.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

38.  “I thought resilience was the capacity to endure pain, so I asked Adam how I could figure out how much I had. He explained that our amount of resilience isn’t fixed, so I should be asking instead how I could become resilient. Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity—and we can build it. It isn’t about having a backbone. It’s about strengthening the muscles around our backbone.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

39.  “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: For Graduates

40.  “A traumatic experience is a seismic event that shakes our belief in a just world, robbing us of the sense that life is controllable, predictable, and meaningful.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding

Sheryl Sandberg strength quote

41.  “Anyone who brings up gender in the workplace is wading into deep and muddy waters. The subject itself presents a paradox, forcing us to acknowledge differences while trying to achieve the goal of being treated the same.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

42.  “Psychologists have found that over time we usually regret the chances we missed, not the chances we took.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

43.  “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.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

44.  “You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.”
― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

45.  “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

46.  “He who has a “why” to live for can bear almost any “how” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

47.  “We find our humanity—our will to live and our ability to love—in our connections to one another.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

48.  “The ability to listen is as important as the ability to speak.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

49.  “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” ― Sheryl Sandberg, Lean in for Graduates: With New Chapters by Experts, Including Find Your First Job, Negotiate Your Salary, and Own Who You Are

50.  “Whoever has the power takes the noun while the less powerful get an adjective. No one wants her achievements modified. We all just want to be the noun.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes

sheryl Sandberg Communication quotes

51.  “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

52.  “No wonder women don’t negotiate as often as men. It’s trying to cross a minefield backward in high heels.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

53.  “That even in the face of the most shocking tragedy of my life, I could exert some control over its impact.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy

54.  “When a woman excels at her job, both male and female coworkers will remark that she may be accomplishing a lot, but is “not well-liked by her peers.” She is probably also “too aggressive,” “not a team player,” “a bit political,” “can’t be trusted,” or “difficult.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

55.  “Shutting down discussion is self-defeating and impedes progress. We need to talk and listen and debate and refute and instruct and learn and evolve.” ― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

56.  “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 and dis, what they feel as well as think. Emotion drives both men and women and influences every decision we make. Recognizing the role emotions play and being willing to discuss”
― Sheryl Sandberg quotes, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

So, there you have it! A list of some of the best quotes ever from Sheryl Sandberg. On a personal note, I’d say I have been inspired by her quotes and TedTalks. Her words are mainly centered around arousing he consciousness of the mighty power residents in the hands of the woman.

I’ll advise you to go check them out on YouTube if you haven’t. I sincerely hope that we would have more positive-minded people like her around. What do you think about these quotes? Do you have a favorite quote from her? Feel free to let me know in the comment section below. Would be glad to share a thing or two with you too.

 

FOR YOU

Hey there! I am glad that you read the article up to this point. I am a fan of Sheryl Sandberg and frankly, I think everyone should. As always, ensure that you do not relent in your journey to being the best version of yourself. From me to you, love and miracles.… Uche.

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