A strong woman knows she has strength enough for the journey, but a woman of strength knows it is in the journey where she will become strong. Sheryl Sandberg is an epitome of effective leadership who served as Chief Operating Officer in the tech giant Facebook (now Meta). She announced her resignation on May 2, 2022. At the helm of her stepping down from power after 14 long years, her contributions ought to be recognized, for she played a pivotal role in making Meta the multi-billion-dollar business it is today.
Sandberg joined Facebook back in 2008, when the company was in its nascent stage. Formerly, she worked at Google where she largely focussed on sales and advertising. She used the knowledge gained there to scale Facebook’s mammoth advertising business, paving way to huge profits. She architected a new management structure, hired Key Managerial Personnel, forged a new work environment and took all major decisions after the CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. She is accredited for making Facebook go public. An advocate of gender equality, she extended both maternity and paternity leaves to four months at Facebook. Her blockbuster novel – Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – encourages women to achieve career goals. She is a self-made billionaire, without being the founder of a company.
Sandberg deserves recognition for being a pioneering female technology executive at a time when women were absent from top leadership roles. Despite her string of achievements, she has been surrounded by numerous controversies. Currently, she is under the radar for having improperly used Facebook’s employees and resources for personal projects like writing a book, promoting her foundation and planning her wedding. While investigations are on, Sheryl Sandberg will be remembered as a shero and her departure marks the end of an era. Watch her TED talk below.