1) Think ahead to how your business and marketing decisions will have impact. Moves with the most impact are always important. In 1987 Sandberg enrolled at Harvard College. She graduated in 1991 summa cum laude with a B.A. in economics and was awarded the John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in economics.
2) Think BIG! It’s very important to think big and move quickly in order to scale a business. But the most important key ingredient is to have a vision that’s big enough to scale. While at Harvard, she co-founded an organization called Women in Economics and Government.
3) Go For growth: Growth moves everyone up. It’s better to build with a small innovative team that has the most opportunity for growth than a huge company that remains stagnant. In March 2008, Facebook announced hiring Sheryl Sandberg away from Google for the role of COO.
4) Communicate Authenticity: There is no excuse for not being authentic. Sharing your truth and honest opinion is key to building any solid and strong relationship. After joining the company, Sandberg quickly began trying to figure out how to make Facebook profitable. Before she joined, the company was “primarily interested in building a really cool site; profits, they assumed, would follow.”
5) Hire Big: If your going to build your team, choose the most experienced and most talented people you can find so your prepared for growth. Don’t ever hire or work with a team that you can outgrow. In 2009 Sandberg was named to the board of The Walt Disney Company. She also serves on the boards of Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day.
6) Don’t just talk, really listen! On March 11, 2013 Sandberg released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. It is about business leadership and development, issues with the lack of women in government and business leadership positions, and feminism.
7) Take responsibility: To be taken seriously, you must always take full responsibility for every result that happens and more importantly doesn’t happen. In 2012 she was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine.
8) Measure results, not facetime: Measure the value of the persons work by what they accomplish, instead of the time it takes to accomplish it. In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board.
9) Find something that you really believe in: Passion drives success. Not only will you be inspired to work hard and go that extra mile, others will be inspired by you as well. Great leaders want to see genuine enthusiasm and passion. Before she joined Facebook as its COO, Sandberg was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org.
10) Careers are not ladders, but jungle gyms
Before Google, Sandberg served as chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury.