Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders – Sheryl Sandberg

For those of you who don’t know, Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook.  It is safe to say that she has had an incredibly successful career and just might a valuable perspective about Women in Leadership roles.

The video paints a pretty dire picture of Women’s progress (or lack thereof) in making it to the top.  At the time of her speech:

  • only 9 of 190 Heads of State were women
  • 13% percent of all people in parliament (in the world) are women
  • only 15% of women occupy C-Level jobs in the corporate sector
  • even in non-profit, there were less than 20% of women at the top

While recognizing the complexity of fixing this issue, Sheryl chose to focus on what women can do as individuals.  However, is there more that we can do as Talent Management professionals? 

I have an 8 year old daughter and like Sheryl,

I want my daughter to have the choice to not just succeed but to be liked for her accomplishments.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders – Sheryl Sandberg

  1. Glen, that’s a great, inspiring video for women and men in the workforce. I just actually read an article from the Globe and Mail about the struggles of being a successful clinician, researcher AND mother. There are definitely a lot of challenges that come with working and raising a family. Here’s the link to the article:
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/making-a-high-stakes-research-career-work-with-family/article8671301/

  2. As an organizational consultant for over 30 years I can say that sexism may be the strongest of the biases that die slowly if at all It is not a level playing field and men do maintain and fight to keep dominance. Talent should win but it truly only does in sports.

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