77+ Best Sheryl Sandberg Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sheryl Kara Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook, the founder of LeanIn.Org, and a philanthropist. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors, becoming the first woman to serve on its board. Profoundly inspirational Sheryl Sandberg quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Sheryl Sandberg Quotes

I tell people in their careers, ‘Look for growth. Look for the teams that are growing quickly. Look for the companies that are doing well. Look for a place where you feel that you can have a lot of impact.’ — Sheryl Sandberg

Women are not making it to the top. A hundred and ninety heads of state; nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, thirteen per cent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top – C-level jobs, board seats – tops out at fifteen, sixteen per cent. — Sheryl Sandberg

I believe if we had half our companies and half our countries run by women, and half our homes run by men, things would be better. We know our companies would be more productive. If you use the full talents of the population, you’re more productive. We know our homes would be happier. — Sheryl Sandberg

I believe very deeply that the world would be a better place if it weren’t run as it’s currently run, which is by men. — Sheryl Sandberg

I have a five year-old son and a three year-old daughter. I want my son to have a choice to contribute fully in the workforce or at home. And I want my daughter to have the choice to not just succeed, but to be liked for her accomplishments. — Sheryl Sandberg

I really think we need more women to lean into their careers and to be really dedicated to staying in the work force. — Sheryl Sandberg

We’ve got to get women to sit at the table. — Sheryl Sandberg

It’s easy to dislike the few senior women out there. What if women were half the positions in power? It would be harder to dislike all of them. — Sheryl Sandberg

It’s more pressure on women to – if they marry or partner with someone, to partner with the right person. Because you cannot have a full career and a full life at home with your children if you are also doing all of the housework and child care. — Sheryl Sandberg

When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options: nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her. — Sheryl Sandberg

I think it is too hard for men to talk about gender. We have to let men talk about this… because we need men to talk about this if it is ever going to change. — Sheryl Sandberg

There’s no one way to grieve, and there’s no one path. — Sheryl Sandberg

Women don’t take enough risks. Men are just ‘foot on the gas pedal.’ We’re not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. — Sheryl Sandberg

Most people assume that women are responsible for households and child care. Most couples operate that way – not all. That fundamental assumption holds women back. — Sheryl Sandberg

When you’re more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work. — Sheryl Sandberg

My hope in writing ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ was to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what we can. — Sheryl Sandberg

Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not gong to achieve as much as men. — Sheryl Sandberg

And what I saw happening is that women don’t make one decision to leave the workforce. They makes lots of little decisions really far in advance that kind of inevitably lead them there. — Sheryl Sandberg

‘Option B’ draws not just on my story but on the research and stories of many people overcoming all kinds of adversity. No one should have to go through challenges and trauma alone. — Sheryl Sandberg

I want to tell any young girl out there who’s a geek, I was a really serious geek in high school. It works out. Study harder. — Sheryl Sandberg

I’m not telling women to be like men. I’m telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias. — Sheryl Sandberg

I’m not pretending I can give advice to every single person or every single couple for every situation; I’m making the point that we are not going to get to equality in the workforce before we get to equality in the home. Not going to happen. — Sheryl Sandberg

For any of us in this room today, let’s start out by admitting we’re lucky. We don’t live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited. — Sheryl Sandberg

Women have made tons of progress. But we still have a small percentage of the top jobs in any industry, in any nation in the world. I think that’s partly because from a very young age, we encourage our boys to lead and we call our girls bossy. — Sheryl Sandberg

I really don’t have any plan to leave Facebook. I put it so many times on the record, and I just don’t get what to do to say it as clear as possible: I’m staying in Facebook; I really love my job. — Sheryl Sandberg

I have never worked for a woman, and I have never worked with a lot of women. — Sheryl Sandberg

I think we would be stronger if half our countries and companies were run by women and half our homes were run by men. — Sheryl Sandberg

I spent most of my career in business not saying the word ‘woman.’ Because if you say the word ‘woman’ in a business context, and often in a political context, the person on the other side of the table thinks you’re about to sue them or ask for special treatment, right? — Sheryl Sandberg

When I went to college, as much as my parents emphasized academic achievement, they emphasized marriage even more. They told me that the most eligible women marry young to get a ‘good man’ before they are all taken. — Sheryl Sandberg

At Facebook, we try to be a strengths-based organization, which means we try to make jobs fit around people rather than make people fit around jobs. We focus on what people’s natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day. — Sheryl Sandberg

What works for men does not always work for women, because success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. That’s what the research shows. As a man gets more successful, everyone is rooting for him. As a woman gets more successful, both men and women like her less. — Sheryl Sandberg

I wish I could just go tell all the young women I work with, all these fabulous women, ‘Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.’ I wish I could tell that to my daughter. But it’s not that simple. — Sheryl Sandberg

I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own. — Sheryl Sandberg

Women attribute their success to working hard, luck, and help from other people. Men will attribute that – whatever success they have, that same success – to their own core skills. — Sheryl Sandberg

Success, for me, is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she’s cheered on and supported. — Sheryl Sandberg

I absolutely loved Tina Fey’s ‘Bossypants’ and didn’t want it to end. It’s hilarious as well as important. Not only did I laugh on every page, but I was nodding along, highlighting and dog-earing like crazy. — Sheryl Sandberg

It turns out that a husband who does the laundry, it’s very romantic when you’re older. And it’s hard to believe when you’re younger. But it’s absolutely true. — Sheryl Sandberg

I probably shouldn’t admit this since I work in the tech industry, but I still prefer reading paper books. — Sheryl Sandberg

I would love to meet J.K. Rowling and tell her how much I admire her writing and am amazed by her imagination. I read every ‘Harry Potter’ book as it came out and looked forward to each new one. I am rereading them now with my kids and enjoying them every bit as much. She made me look at jelly beans in a whole new way. — Sheryl Sandberg

As women get more powerful, they get less likable. I see women holding themselves back because of this, but if we start talking about the success-likability penalty women face, then we can do something about it. — Sheryl Sandberg

The No. 1 impediment to women succeeding in the workforce is now in the home. — Sheryl Sandberg

Every company I know is looking for more women at the table. Every board is looking for more women at the table. There’s a reason why men want to understand the challenges women face, address them, because then they’re going to be better hirers, attracters and retainers of women. — Sheryl Sandberg

I love how when I say the world is still run by men, and sometimes I say the world is still run by white men, people gasp as if that’s news. That’s not news. That’s obvious. — Sheryl Sandberg

There are really good reasons to leave the workforce or work less or take a different job when you want to be with your children. I just want women – and men – to make that choice once they have the child. Not years in advance, because… they don’t get the right opportunities. They give up before they even start. — Sheryl Sandberg

I’d like to see where boys and girls end up if they get equal encouragement – I think we might have some differences in how leadership is done. — Sheryl Sandberg

Pages on Facebook are allowed to be anonymous. That is really important. People start revolutions; we need anonymity. — Sheryl Sandberg

So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance. — Sheryl Sandberg

Women are not making it to the top of any profession in the world. But when I say, ‘The blunt truth is that men run the world,’ people say, ‘Really?’ That, to me, is the problem. — Sheryl Sandberg

When you suffer a tragedy, the secondary loss of having it bleed into other areas of your life is so real. — Sheryl Sandberg

But I really believe that when you give people authentic identity, which is what Facebook does, and you can be your real self and connect with real people online, things will change. — Sheryl Sandberg

I think there are things that we can all do to build resilience in ourselves, but also to build resilience in each other. — Sheryl Sandberg

I go around the room and ask people, ‘What do you think?’ — Sheryl Sandberg

People think that women don’t negotiate because they’re not good negotiators, but that’s not it. Women don’t negotiate because it doesn’t work as well for them. Women have to say, ‘I really add a lot of value, and it’s in your interest to pay me more.’ I hate that advice, but I want to see women get ahead. — Sheryl Sandberg

If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, ‘I’m awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?’ If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard. — Sheryl Sandberg

I’m a pragmatist. I think, as a woman, you have to be more careful. You have to be more communal, you have to say yes to more things than men, you have to worry about things that men don’t have to worry about. But once we get enough women into leadership, we can break stereotypes down. If you lead, you get to decide. — Sheryl Sandberg

I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional, and it is all personal. — Sheryl Sandberg

We call our little girls bossy. Go to a playground; little girls get called bossy all the time – a word that’s almost never used for boys – and that leads directly to the problems women face in the workforce. — Sheryl Sandberg

What I tell everyone, and I really do for myself is, I have a long-run dream, which is I want to work on stuff that I think matters. — Sheryl Sandberg

We need to help people of all circumstance overcome the things in their life. — Sheryl Sandberg

What about the rat race in the first place? Is it worthwhile? Or are you just buying into someone else’s definition of success? Only you can decide that, and you’ll have to decide it over and over and over. But if you think it’s a rat race, before you drop out, take a deep breath. Maybe you picked the wrong job. Try again. And then try again. — Sheryl Sandberg

When I was in high school, I was voted most likely to succeed. — Sheryl Sandberg

It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness. — Sheryl Sandberg

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored. — Sheryl Sandberg

We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests. — Sheryl Sandberg

I would be better at my job if I were technical. — Sheryl Sandberg

I want women to get paid more. I want to teach them to negotiate so they get paid more. — Sheryl Sandberg

Over the last 10 years, women have stalled out at the top. — Sheryl Sandberg

I don’t pretend there aren’t biological differences, but I don’t believe the desire for leadership is hardwired biology, not the desire to win or excel. I believe that it’s socialization, that we’re socializing our daughters to nurture and our boys to lead. — Sheryl Sandberg

If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be. — Sheryl Sandberg

It is definitely true that adversity and hardship are not evenly distributed. — Sheryl Sandberg

In fact, my New Year’s resolution every year, and I’m Jewish so I get two New Years a year, is to meditate, and I fail every time. — Sheryl Sandberg

I don’t hold myself out as a role model. I don’t believe that everyone should make the same choices; that everyone has to want to be a CEO, or everyone should want to be a work-at-home mother. I want everyone to be able to choose. But I want us to be able to choose unencumbered by gender choosing for us. — Sheryl Sandberg

The most important thing – and I’ve said it a hundred times and I’ll say it a hundred times – if you marry a man, marry the right one. — Sheryl Sandberg

I try to appreciate every day. — Sheryl Sandberg

I look forward to the day when half our homes are run by men and half our companies and institutions are run by women. When that happens, it won’t just mean happier women and families; it will mean more successful businesses and better lives for us all. — Sheryl Sandberg

I think we build resilience to prepare for whatever adversity we’ll face. And we all face some adversity – we’re all living some form of Option B. — Sheryl Sandberg

People who are underprivileged have more to grieve and have more to overcome. — Sheryl Sandberg

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