Sheryl Sandberg Talks ‘Lean In,’ Women In The Workplace At Introduction Of Her Book

By David Cohen 

“There are Facebook employees we’ve never met,” Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in response to a question about Yahoo’s recent announcement that it would eliminate telecommuting as an option for its employees, but that was one of the few times Sandberg discussed the social network during a fireside chat Monday evening with Time Deputy Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs to introduce her book that was released earlier that day, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Devon Glenn from sister blog SocialTimes was at the Time Warner Center in New York Monday night, and she reported that Sandberg did not stray far from the themes of the book — the obstacles faced by women in the workplace, and how they can empower themselves.

Some of Sandberg’s musings on the subject, as reported by Glenn, included:

As (women) get more powerful, they are less liked by men and women.

We call our daughters bossy. We almost never call our sons bossy.

Men are nervous to be alone in a room with a woman.

Data show unequivocally that when women are in leadership roles in companies, those companies have better (work-life balance) policies.

For much more on Sandberg’s chat with Gibbs, please see Glenn’s post on SocialTimes.

Readers: Is Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead on your reading lists?