Sheryl Sandberg: Win Hearts

Sheryl Sandberg recently spoke to the graduates of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. The speech is making headlines for her touching tribute to her late husband, and she also stressed the importance of being bold, soliciting feedback, empowering others, and supporting equality.

Some other highlights:

“I believe that there are some principles of leadership that are universal — and one of those is that it is better to inspire than to direct. […] Great leaders do not just want to secure compliance. They want to elicit genuine enthusiasm, complete trust, and real dedication. They don’t just win the minds of their teams, they win their hearts. If they believe in your organization’s mission and they believe in you, they will not only do their daily tasks well, but they will do them with true passion.

No one won more hearts than my beloved husband Dave Goldberg who passed away suddenly two months ago. Dave was a truly inspiring leader. He was kind. He was generous. He was thoughtful. He raised the level of performance of everyone around him. [… HBS] Professor Frances Frei has said ‘leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.’ Like Dave, you can do this for others over the course of your career.”

“I hope if you find yourself on one path but longing for something else, you find a way to get there. And if that isn’t right, try again. Try until you find something that stirs your passion, a job that matters to you and matters to others. It’s a luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a clear path to happiness.”

Read the full text of the speech at HuffPo.

Image courtesy of The Huffington Post.

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