Wondering 'Am I a Good Leader?'

By Scott Eblin

February 10, 2012

Ever wonder if you’re a good leader? If so, I have a simple three question test that will help you answer the question. I call it the Sheryl Sandberg test.

OK, I know that some of you are thinking “Is it really fair to compare myself to the COO of Facebook - the same woman who spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos the week her company did an IPO that took her net worth past $1.6 billion?” I’ll be the first to acknowledge that there aren’t many of us who can compete with Sandberg’s calendar and bank account. That said, there’s a lot that leaders of any station can learn from Sandberg.

When Sandberg left Google to join Facebook in 2008, the social networking site had 70 million users and no profit-making business model. At the end of 2011, Facebook had over 850 million users, revenue of over $3 billion and profits of just over $1 billion. It’s not too big a stretch to conclude that Sandberg has some leadership skills that might be worth emulating.

Over the past six months I’ve read a number of profiles on Sandberg and, based on what I’ve learned about her, have come up with three questions that can help determine if you’re a good leader:

Here’s a bit on how Sandberg has answered those questions and what you can learn from the answers.

If you’ve been paying attention to Sheryl Sandberg, what’s your take? What do you admire about her approach to leadership? If you were putting together your own questions to determine if someone is a good leader, which ones would be on your list?


By Scott Eblin

February 10, 2012

http://www.govexec.com/excellence/executive-coach/2012/02/wondering-am-i-good-leader/41161/