Crying at work may seem like a character flaw, but Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg admitted to tearing up on the job, during a speech at Harvard Business School last week.
The 42-year-old web executive told graduating students: "I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work... I try to be myself. I talk about my hopes and fears and ask people about theirs... [I am] honest about my strengths and weaknesses and I encourage others to do the same. It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the very same time."
According to author Anne Kreamer’s new book, 'It’s Always Personal: Emotion In The New Workplace,' crying at work may not be a minus, as showing emotion may be viewed as an asset. Kreamer said that 41% of women admit they have cried at work.
However, it wasn't all tears that helped Sandberg get to the number two position at Facebook. She graduated Harvard, was hired to work at the White House by Bill Clinton's economic advisor Larry Summers [also her Harvard advisor] and then worked at Google before joining Facebook.