Sheryl Sandberg, current CEO of Facebook and all round successful businesswoman has certainly made an impact both professionally and personally. Her impressive career has seen her take on a range of high-profile roles at the World Bank, Google and the US Treasury Department.
Most recently, she turned her hand to writing, selling over a million copies of her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Sandberg has proven herself to be as inspirational as she is successful, encouraging many women to follow their passions and their dreams.
Here are 5 things you can learn from Sheryl Sandberg whilst on the road to finding your successes.
1. Have A Career Plan And Stick To It
Sandberg has spoken a lot about businesswomen leaving their careers too early because they worry about big future decisions such as starting a family. She calls this ‘leaving before you leave’ and discourages young women against this.
She believes that having a career plan and sticking to it is the key to success. Only when your circumstances dramatically change and you need to reassess should you do so.
2. Don’t Listen To Everyone
When talking about her career, Sheryl Sandberg said that “everyone older than me told me not to take jobs at Google or Facebook. They didn’t think Google or Facebook were going to be huge”.
She discourages people from taking everyone and their dog’s advice because everybody will have their own opinion on what is right and what is wrong. Ultimately, they are just opinions and in the end, you have to do what you believe is right.
3. Give It Your All
When Sandberg talks about “leaning in” to a career, she says that you need to give your early job value. Pour all of your efforts into your first big job early on and build genuine value that you can trade in if you need to change career paths later on down the line.
4. There Is Room For Everyone
On women entering the workforce in the early days, Sheryl Sandberg notes that there “really was only going to be one woman allowed to sit at the table” but continues to say that today, that simply isn’t the case.
There is room for many women to be successful, if only more time was spent nurturing those who don’t believe they can do it, rather than dragging them down in fear that they might not succeed. Not everyone can create a multi-billion pound business but we can all be successful in our own right.
5. Support Those Around You
“We support each other and it helps us all. When we support each other, we grow”. Sandberg places great importance on helping and supporting those around you. Success shouldn’t be a ‘who can get to the top fastest’ style race. Instead, you should focus on growing with your colleagues and those in your sector.