The Powerful Career Lesson Every Woman Should Know, According to Sheryl Sandberg

How do you respond to feedback? Think about this question a moment—because according to Sheryl Sandberg, COO at the helm of Facebook, it’s one of the most important questions you’ll ever answer.

According to a recent article published in Inc., Ms. Sandberg was asked the question: “What’s the number one thing you look for in someone who can scale with a company?”

Sandberg’s reply:

“Someone who takes feedback well. Because people who can take feedback well are people who can learn and grow quickly.”

“Nobody’s right all the time. That’s why criticism can help us to grow; unfortunately, emotions often prevent us from taking advantage of negative feedback,” says Ms. Sandberg.

It’s no secret that responding defensively (or worse: emotionally) to feedback can be awful for your growth in any career. Instead, when given feedback, it’s recommended to ask yourself the following:

—How can I use this feedback to help me or my team improve?
— Putting my personal feelings aside, what can I learn from this alternate perspective?

Simply put, most criticism is rooted in truth—so responding well and learning from the feedback will help you grow at a company and as an individual. But, it asks you to be honest with yourself, constantly.

This is one of the greatest career lessons for every career-minded women. And so, it is in our own interest to take feedback well, (both positive and negative), learn from it and apply the lesson in your work.

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This story is part of Style Salute’s Empowering Women and Workplaces initiative. Style Salute, a media company dedicated to helping women live a smarter and more stylish life, scouts experts from all over the world to help readers tackle big decision-making moments by giving them the information they need to make informed and empowered choices whether that in civic engagement, finance, career, health, wellness and more.   

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