The Facebook IPO has reminded us once again of the massive success of the company’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg. With her 27 million shares, including 25 million restricted stock units that have vested, plus more than 14 million unvested units that aren’t counted in her net worth calculation, she will have $1.6 billion in paper riches by the end of 2012. This will place her in the very small and exclusive group of female self-made billionaires. So how did the Harvard grad do it? Business Insider’s Nicolas Carlson wrote:
“Sandberg is much more than your typical COO. She runs the ad business. She’s the “adult supervision,” and she’s one of the company’s more public faces. It’s also likely that Facebook had to pay up to get Sandberg when it got her. At the time, Facebook was only a couple years old and its young founder had already blown through two other top lieutenants; Sean Parker and Owen Van Natta. And it’s not like Sandberg didn’t already have a good job: she was running Google’s self-service ad sales organization. She’s also told interviewers that she was being recruited to be CEO at other companies.”
Sandberg is more the face of Facebook than CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg with her well-respected media personality. She has become a great spokesmen and resource for professional women. We thought we would highlight some of her best career lessons.
Don't be afraid to leave work at 5:30.
If you know you are doing a good job, then leaving work at 5:30 pm should not be stressing you out. However, even Sheryl was afraid to leave at 5:30 at one point. She first did this at Google and now at Facebook, where she is currently the COO. She had her first child in 2005, but she said it was only in the last year that she was able to talk about her exit time publicly. She had been too scared of the judgement.
“Now, I certainly wouldn’t lie but I wasn’t going around giving speeches on it. I was showing everyone I worked for that I worked just as hard. I was getting up earlier to make sure they saw my emails at 5:30, staying up later to make sure they saw my emails late. But now I’m much more confident in where I am and so I’m able to say, “Hey! I am leaving work at 5:30.” And I say it very publicly, both internally and externally,” said Sheryl in a new video for Makers.com, a joint initiative by PBS and AOL highlighting stories from important women.
Sheryl hopes her coming forward about leaving work at a not terribly late time will help other women and men become confidant enough to do this.
Sit at the table and lean in
Sheryl is always talking about the ambition gap. Sheryl said in an interview, " I really think we need more women to lean into their careers and to be really dedicated to staying in the work force. I think the achievement gap is caused by a lot of things. It’s caused by institutional barriers and all kinds of stuff. But there’s also a really big ambition gap. If you survey men and women in college today in this country, the men are more ambitious than the women. And until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men."
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