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Posted on May 13, 2016

Thoughts on Leaning In

I’m always a bit surprised when I see negative feedback targeting Sheryl Sandberg. She’s not perfect (but has never claimed to be), but there’s no question she’s played a huge role in shifting the dialogue around women in the workplace and has inspired MANY women to take bigger risks at work (myself included). She was gut-wrenchingly honest about the death of her husband, and most recently, spoke humbly about never fully understanding single motherhood until she became one herself. I have tremendous respect and admiration for Sheryl Sandberg, and her decision to use her leadership platform to direct much-needed attention to the forces that limit women and their career choices.

So, in the spirit of women lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down, I thought I’d wrap up the week by sharing a few of my favorite nuggets of advice and wisdom from Sheryl Sandberg – they speak to me as an executive and a mom. Thanks, Sheryl.

  • “Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”
  • “Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear – fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.”
  • “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.”
  • “It’s the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”
  • “I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.”



Ann Melinger