Sheryl Sandberg has had some pretty impressive jobs throughout her career: chief of staff for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Google vice president and now chief operating officer for Facebook. In this exclusive clip from a new episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Sandberg talks to Oprah about being a powerful female leader and what it takes to rise through the ranks.
But Sandberg isn’t just a successful businesswoman. She’s also a working mom. Many people wonder how the Facebook executive has been able to achieve a work-life balance and “have it all.” In this clip, Sandberg pounces on the whole idea of “having it all,” saying that's a dangerous phrase for women.
“Having it all is the worst,” she tells Oprah. “No matter how much we all have and how grateful we are for what we have, no one has it all, because we all make tradeoffs every single day, every single minute.”
This wasn’t always the case, Sandberg says. In her mother’s days, that generation worked 9-to-5 jobs without the expectation of going beyond those 40-hour workweeks. Today, it’s a different story. “What’s happened now [is] we are all connected," she says. "My industry is part of the problem, right? We are connected all the time. We expect our colleagues at work to always be available, and the amount of time mothers spend one-on-one… with their kids is totally changed. The standards have shifted. We’re supposed to be always ‘on’ as mothers and we’re supposed to be always ‘on’ as employees. We can’t do that. None of us can do that.”
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