[VIDEO] Why we have too few women leaders

I watched this video twice last night. Sheryl Sandberg, COO at Facebook (2nd in command) gave a TED talk recently about women in leadership, and did a fabulous job. See her 14 minute video below – it is definitely worth the time to watch!

Sheryl does a great job of simply talking about why she feels there aren’t more women leaders – even in 2010 when women have made leaps and bounds professionally – even just one generation away from their mothers.

The observations about women versus men are very eye-opening. She talks about what happens when a women starts thinking about having children, and the path that leads her on because she “takes her foot off the pedal.”

“Women systematically underestimate their own abilities,” Sandberg stated. “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:

  1. Sit at the table.
  2. Make your partner a real partner.
  3. Don’t leave before you leave.

 

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about “women breaking the glass ceiling” or “getting more women CEO’s” but I’ve never heard it talked about as succinctly as Sheryl. I also really like how “real” she is – she’s a mom – she has mommy guilt – but she’s also a polished professional and very good at what she does.

Please watch the video and then leave me a comment – I’d love to get your opinion on this (male or female!) (can’t see the video? click here to view)

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