Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk, “Why we have too few women leaders” has been viewed over one million times, leading her to now be an authority on anything ‘women in business’. She encourages us all to ‘Lean in’ to go for things, to be brave.
But the behind the scenes of that TED talk was very different, people told her that it would ruin her and that nobody would ever take her seriously. She still feels insecure to this day and has even cried at work.
She was afraid to speak out, because, she says admitting you’re a woman in a corporate world isn’t easy. Of course, everyone knows you’re a woman, but to openly speak about it, well that still encourages criticism. But she decided to do it, thanks to the question “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
She sat down with Pat Mitchell and made herself clear, about all the behind the scenes of writing her book and doing her TED talk. About how it felt to have her daughter clinging to her legs before she leaves, about the roles of women in society.
‘There is a word for “bossy,” for little girls, in every language there’s one. It’s a word that’s pretty much not used for little boys, because if a little boy leads, there’s no negative word for it, it’s expected. But if a little girl leads, she’s bossy.’
‘And so next time you all see someone call a little girl “bossy,” you walk right up to that person, big smile, and you say, “That little girl’s not bossy. That little girl has executive leadership skills.”‘
This is a must-watch because it’s funny, relatable and inspiring! Sheryl is amazing!
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