Not all superheroes wear capes!
Our real-life heroes are role models who inspire us in our day to day lives. Workplace heroes are people who are a true inspiration to us in our career and drive us to be better, think bigger and to make a difference. We asked Royall’s very own Jenny who her workplace hero is, and this was her answer:
“Sheryl Sandberg once said ‘If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask which one, just get on.” I love this quote, it inspires me, it encapsulates our ethos… if given an opportunity, go for it. Opportunity only dances with people on the dance floor. If it isn’t convenient, if the time isn’t right, if it isn’t in your comfort zone.... just give it a go. You’ll never know, unless you try.
Sheryl is one of the most powerful and inspiring women in the world, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Prior to this she was VP of global online sales and operations at Google. Sheryl is a female leader of the future, an activist, charity ambassador and author. A Mum of two. What a career, and what an inspiration for us working Mums.
When Sheryl’s husband tragically passed away in 2015, Sheryl spoke out shortly after. She said “Option A isn’t available, so I’m going to kick the sh*t out of Option B.” She took her deep grief and turned it into something positive by writing a book to help other people find happiness after tragedy. She posted on Facebook shortly after her husband’s death “I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning.” And this is exactly what Sheryl tried to do. She now campaigns for changes in maternity and paternity leave, living-wage laws and the implementation of bereavement and family-illness policies in the workplace. This incredible lady took her grief and in the face of terrible adversity tried to turn it into something positive and meaningful.
And so Sheryl Sandberg is my workplace hero.
A leader, a problem solver, a mother.