3 Powerful Pieces of Career Advice From Sheryl Sandberg

Whether you’re preparing for a big meeting or have your eyes set on that corner office, it’s fair to say that if you’re looking to take your career to the next level, strategy is key–and looking to other women who have succeeded in their work life is essential. We’ve all heard the name Sheryl Sandberg but do you all know how incredible she is and all that she has accomplished.

Sandberg works at the helm of Facebook, navigating uncharted waters by becoming one of the few women at the C-level of business; she juggles the management of the company’s sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, and communications. Sandberg is a 21st century superwoman–by day she is Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and by night she is the mother of two children.

In short, she’s our hero–and lucky for us in a recent TED talk, Sandberg offers some sage pieces of life advice which we’ve rounded up for you women looking to reach the next level in the career world.

Keep reading to learn Sandberg’s valuable tips to career-minded women everywhere!


First of all, Sandberg encourages women to “sit at the table” and “lean in” at work. Sandberg states that, “success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women” (Sandberg, 7:10). She’s not saying that that you need to be a Miranda Priestly figure in the office à la The Devil Wears Prada. Rather, it is crucial to never underestimate your abilities and always negotiate for yourself, actively reaching for new opportunities and promotions.


Sandberg recommends to “make your partner a real partner.” In other words, the labor of household chores and childcare at home should be divided equally between partners, regardless of gender. To support this point she notes another interesting fact: “studies show that households with equal earning and equal responsibility also have half the divorce rate” (Sandberg, 1:22).


Finally, the business executive suggests, “don’t leave before you leave.” As mothers, “women face harder choices between professional success and personal fulfillment” (Sandberg, 1:19). However, don’t make decisions too far in advance or start quietly leaning back in anticipation of having a family. Instead, it is important to “keep your foot on the gas pedal,” constantly challenging yourself to lead in the office (Sandberg, 13:00).

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