Sheryl Sandberg Now Thinks It’s Okay to Cry at Work

After Sheryl Sandberg tragically lost her husband, she realized that she might not have been right about everything in Lean In. For instance, she acknowledges that the book assumes a supportive spouse, and now that she doesn’t have one, she can see that that makes a difference.

However, she is also now saying that crying in a business setting–or showing your vulnerability is okay. She’s wrong. She can do so because she’s already in a position of power. For those of us still climbing the ladder, it can be a career killer.

To read all about it, click here: Why Sheryl Sandberg Thinks It’s Okay to Cry at Work

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6 thoughts on “Sheryl Sandberg Now Thinks It’s Okay to Cry at Work

  1. I hate crying in front of people and I completely agree that you should not cry when your boss criticizes you. However, I disagree that you should never, ever cry at work. In spite of my distaste for it, it has gotten the better of me and I have produced tears in front of co-workers and subordinates when dealing with a particularly tough layoff or when relaying difficult feedback I had received. To my surprise they reacted by rallying and felt the vulnerability was humanizing.

  2. She sounds like an awful person. She had no compassion until she was the one in pain.

  3. Definitely thought from the get go that Sandberg was out of touch and just wanted to start a trend and stamp her name on it. I’m also not a fan of separate books for separate genders, despite the sexism of the past, this is not how you solve any real or perceived divide (by continuing to treat the two parties you want to be equal, separately).

  4. This comes at a time when I cried at work for the first time ever! I hate crying in front of people, and I not only cried, I sobbed. It was so embarassing. I was having a moderately stressful conversation with my boss, and that morning I was emotional due to a dream I’d had about my mother, who passed away three years ago. I was already in a somewhat emotional place and just lot it. Any advice on how to recover from that? It’s NEVER happened to me before.

    1. Do your best to forget it happened. I have been driven to tears at work and if I could have helped it I would have. So many people consider it a personality flaw, but other than trying my best to stop it from happening in the first place, once it happens in an unescapable situation what is person to do? Quit?

      No sense beating yourself up over it or dwelling on it, because all that will do is make you feel bad or guilty, and that won’t help to stop it from ever happening again, in fact it will make it more likely.

      Just one Equine’s opinion.

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