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  • Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg during an Aug. 10 interview with Bill Hybels at the Global Leadership Summit, which was broadcast via satellite to Fort Wayne.

Friday, August 18, 2017 4:50 pm

Facebook exec discusses range of issues at leadership summit

LISA GREEN | The Journal Gazette

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, talked with Bill Hybels on issues beyond management during the two-day Global Leadership Summit.

Hybels is an author and pastor of the Willow Creek Church in suburban Chicago. Willow Creek broadcasts the summit to hundreds of satellite sites, including Fort Wayne. Sandberg is author of the best-selling book “Lean In,” which focuses on resilience.

When employees and others have gone through a significant loss because of death or other setbacks, Sandberg said it's important to be open to sensitive discussions rather than acting as though nothing happened.

Sandberg is also known for addressing gender issues.

She said many people don’t expect girls to lead. The next time you hear a girl called bossy, Sandberg suggested correcting them and saying, “That little girl has leadership skills.”

People also often give men credit for women’s ideas. We interrupt women, but not men, Sandberg said.

“We blame women for not doing housework appropriately, and applaud men for doing any of it at all,” she said.

For those in management, Sandberg suggested hiring for the “people you’re going to need, not the people you need.”

Managers should hire employees who can help get them where they want to go – achieve the goals and vision.

For those on staff, Sandberg said she believes in giving feedback and being candid.

Most initiatives fail “for reasons everyone knows but nobody says,” Sandberg said. Failures should be discussed – not swept under the rug – because that’s how we can learn.

Sandberg, in responding to a question from Hybels about getting better and leadership development, put equal weight on those involved, saying individuals and their institution are responsible. “It is always both,” she said.

To share a thought, a favorite quote or other wisdom about leadership, email Lisa Green at lisagreen@jg.net. Lead On also appears as a column in The Journal Gazette's Sunday Business section.