US Army: Sheryl Sandberg: Women, diversity are ‘mission critical’ in military, workplace

Sheryl Sandberg speaking at the Pentagon, April 9, 2015.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 10, 2015) — The military can take the lead in breaking down the biases against women and people of diverse backgrounds, to create a stronger force and set the path for the nation, said Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg, best-selling author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” spoke April 9 to a standing-room audience at the Pentagon.

Diversity in top leadership positions is “mission critical” to the military or any organization, she said.

Studies have shown that a diverse group makes better decisions.

But, she said, “we are not getting women into leadership roles in real numbers in any sector” whether it is Fortune 500 companies, the Senate, or the military.

The long-standing biases that prevent women from advancing professionally need to be overcome, Sandberg said. The military can help kick start the effort…

The US Army’s first duty is to be an effective fighting force. One might say it is their only duty. It is should not be used as platform for people pushing “diversity.”  

Sandberg comes from the business world.  Mission critical?  How did we ever win WW I and II? Even in the world of business, “mission critical” is a grotesque statement: think of all the businesses prior to our new fixation on “diversity.”