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    Women Business Leaders – Rise to the Challenge of Staying on Top

    Why we have too few women leaders :: Sheryly Sandberg

    Sheryl is one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world today … but surprisingly (or not) she has few female competitors for that title. Her message is a challenge – keep women in the workforce, expect your partner to partner and be prepared to stay involved.

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and one of the few upper-level female executives in a Fortune 500 company, recently gave a sober but inspired TED Talk called, “Why we have too few women leaders.” The video (see above) of that talk quickly became viral.

    Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders | Video on TED.com.

    Personally, as a woman and a woman business leader, I find the video compelling on many levels. But the salient point is this: women today have unlimited opportunities to excel in business … the hurdle, however, is steeped in outdated gender expectations.

    Arguably, Sheryl is one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world today … but surprisingly (or not) she has few female competitors for that title. Her message is a challenge – keep women in the workforce, expect your partner to partner and be prepared to stay involved.

    Here are 3 points Sheryl suggests women business leaders can do as individuals to effect change:

    1-Sit at the table

    The idea is to take your place at the head of the table and stop sitting on the sidelines. Sheryl notes that while men attribute their business or personal success to themselves … women attribute any success they have on outside factors and not on their own abilities. Take credit for your own success and abilities.

    2-Make your partner a real partner

    In study after study, women with full-time careers still do the majority of the household chores. Rather than wait for your partner to “help” with household duties, expect it.

    3-Don’t leave before you leave

    If you think you’ll want to take some time off to raise children (or something else), do it, if that’s what you want to do. But, until that moment comes … stay focused and never let up … be present and give your all 100 percent of the time.

    The message I’d like to send to other women business leaders is this – we need more women at the highest levels in business and government to move beyond the stereotypes, so it’s up to us to rise to the challenge.

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