Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Why We Have So Few Women Leaders [VIDEO]
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg has a message to all of the young women who want to get the corner office:
The stakes have never been higher in the debate surrounding women in the workplace. The lack of women at the top keeps coming up, and for good reason. The status quo, where men dominate the board rooms and corner offices of technology’s major companies, is unacceptable.
Sandberg, Facebook’s second-in-command and one of the most powerful women in the world, gave a rousing talk at the TED Women conference earlier this month discussing the perceptions that men and women have that are holding so many back from reaching the top.
“Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” Sandberg stated before citing data that explained why. For example, men tend to cite themselves as the primary reason for success, while women tend to cite external factors. And 57% of men negotiate their first salary out of college, while only 7% of women do the same.
She also had three pieces of advice for women if they want to become the next generation’s leaders:
- Sit at the table.
- Make your partner a real partner.
- Don’t leave before you leave.
Check out the video below if you want a full explanation of her advice: