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Most people spend much of their lifetimes at work. Common attitudes insist you leave your personal struggles at home, but Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg disagrees. When her husband died suddenly, she found that being open about her pain made her a better boss and Facebook a better workplace. Not only do emotions have a place at work, she argues, but you can leverage them for a better organization overall. Tune in for a reflective, heartbreaking essay by Backchannel’s Jessi Hempel that is practical at its core. getAbstract suggests this read to modern business managers who want to rethink the way they lead.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg found meaning in her husband’s death, personally and professionally;
  • How you can leverage emotional vulnerability in your business to better support colleagues and improve the bottom line; and
  • What benefits come from being open about your personal life at work.

About the Author

Jessi Hempel is Backchannel’s head of editorial. She writes about the business and culture behind technology.



Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has earned fame with her polished brand of leadership, which merges her professional and personal lives. But when her husband died suddenly of a heart arrhythmia in May 2015, all Sandberg “wanted to do was survive.”

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