Sheryl Sandberg Case Study

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Question #1: How would Sheryl Sandberg’s leadership style be described based on the four behavioral leadership styles?

Sandberg’s leadership style would be High Structure/High Consideration. As COO, she runs Facebook as an equal partner with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Sandberg concentrates on managing the day to day operations so that Zuckerberg can concentrate on what he enjoys doing- product development and engineering. Since Zuckerberg is busy with non-managerial tasks, it falls to her to set the tone and make the rules (High Structure). At the same time, she is known to use a democratic, participative leadership style. She spends much of her time in meetings and e-mailing, with a focus on influencing and motivating others (High Consideration)
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Lean In focuses on these internal motivations. Sandberg believes that many women are held back by internal barriers, not external factors, and that improving women’s self-confidence and determination will lead to their success. Lean In also attempts to address the social aspect by brining like-minded women together to discuss their issues through social media sites such as Facebook and leanin.org.
Question #3: How does Sandberg’s book Lean In emphasize the three process motivation theories?

Process motivation theories focus on understanding how employees choose behaviors to fulfill their needs (Lussier & Achua, 2016). Lean In emphasizes points of all three process motivation theories.
Equity theory states that employees are motivated when their inputs are perceived to match their outputs. Sandberg’s book is primarily focused on achieving equal treatment for women and men. Both genders should get equal, and positive, results from the work they put into their jobs.
Expectancy theory posits that employees are motivated when they believe they can complete a task, they will be rewarded for it, and the effort is worth the reward. This theory is where “leaning in” is put to use. A major point of the book is that success will come to those willing to work for it. Similarly, nothing worthwhile can be achieved without

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