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13 Inspiring Quotes From Sheryl Sandberg That Will Encourage You to "Lean In"

Sheryl Sandberg has a Harvard MBA, was a former VP at Google, and has been Facebook's chief operating officer since 2008.

Her book "Lean In," which strives to promote gender equality, is one of the most popular business books of the decade. The book has even sparked its own movement. Get ready to lean in yourself and read some of our favorite words of wisdom from Sandberg below. 

1. On support ambitions
"The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream."

2. On the importance of diversity 
"Endless data show that diverse teams make better decisions. We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products. That's not true of any industry really, and we have a long way to go." 

3. On pursuing careers
"Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder."

4. On her personal definition of success 
"Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported."

5. On seizing opportunities 
"If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat." 

6. On being held back 
"The things that hold women back, hold them back from sitting at the boardroom table and they hold women back from speaking at the PTA meeting."

7. On accurate representations of women 
"We need more portrayals of women as competent professionals and happy mothers — or even happy professionals and competent mothers."

8. On how fear can hold us back
"Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. and the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter."

9. On gender roles and gender equality
"As women must be more empowered at work, men must be more empowered at home."

10. On the real issue that affects women at work 
"Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we're busy telling all the women that they're too aggressive. That's the issue."

11. On accepting imperfection 
"Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy."

12. On how to be an effective leader  
"Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place."

13. On how learning to let go of insecurities and to "Lean In"
"We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in."

You can get to know more about Sandberg by watching her MAKERS story in the video above.

NEXT: Sheryl Sandberg Expresses Her Admiration for Meryl Streep »

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