Every few months I call out to my #feminineambition network for wisdom and advice for women and leadership. In case you missed it, here's the last one.
This month we learn from eight leading women in both Australia and overseas who are already doing it - tackling big juicy leadership problems with feminine leadership principles front of mind. Strategy, unpacking big business goals, managing staff, stakeholder relations and personal reflection are all under the microscope. Take what you need! And thanks so much to those who contributed.
"Make sure everything you do plays to your vision (leaders should of course have articulated a vision for themselves). Another tip is to value and unpack those events or conversations that leave you feeling uncomfortable - they are your greatest learning opportunities as you hone your leadership skills." - Jocelyn Furlan, Principal, Furlan Consulting
“One of my biggest learnings in gaining respect in a boardroom dominated by men is to pick the right time to speak, make it powerful, focus on the big picture basing the comments on facts not emotions” - Fiona Evans, Vice President, Customer Service, DHL
"When I think about how to tackle a business issue, or strive for growth through aspirational goals, I always start with the end in mind. Take the goal, target or outcome - then understand if we did nothing new what would the BAU performance be. This then identifies the true 'gap', target or goal! From there build an operational plan that addresses the 'gap'. Key success metrics, creation of executive and team member dashboards to allow regular communication of progress, provides run-way correction and initiatives as need to achieve your outcomes!" - Deborah Harrigan, COO, Sales, Innovation, Technology and CX Consultant
“Take care of your team and your team will take care of you. Be interested in what they do outside of work and truly listen to them. You’ll be amazed at how much they’ll appreciate you for it. One of the biggest things I’ve seen time and time again is the amazing depth of knowledge that front line staff have of your business. Do the walk! Go out and meet the workforce. Ask them what their pain points are and how they think a process can be improved. You’ll be shocked at how much you’ll learn. Lastly, encourage failure. I know this sounds counter intuitive but from failure we learn. I like to meet with my team every week and ask them what they failed doing followed by what they learned from it. Being ok with failing in the workplace frees up anxiety and is quite liberating.” - Jo Zimpel PhD BI, Analytics and Strategy, Founder & Head Data Geek, DataNotes
"Always remember the value you bring to a relationship whether it is in a colleague, direct report, family or friend relationship. Once you appreciate this value, use it to reinforce your confidence and self-belief and encourage others to do the same." - Jane Pires, Executive Manager - Group Customer Relations, Suncorp
"Change is a constant and inevitable. Your ability to manage change is a necessity." - Carla Wall, Managing Director, COINS Australia
"My approach is simple and well-tested: Build great relationships and establish clear goals. The positive relationships can be leveraged to collaborate and achieve your mission. As a leader, it's key to identify strong players, communicate well and keep those players engaged until you cross the finish line." - Shelley Elkins, Director, Customer Contact at CREDO Mobile
"Learn that the most challenging role in leadership can be working with the people not the projects. Lead by example always and treat your people with respect - treat them how you like to be treated. Take time to get to know them but always remember that you are the final decision maker and need to be accountable and responsible for outcome. Everyone can teach you something new - give them the time to contribute their ideas." - Janita Friend, Managing Director and Owner, Best Friend PR and Marketing
Thanks for sharing everyone!
My mission in life is to help women to play a much bigger game – change the world if you will – and do so with big ideas, big vision and big, audacious bucket loads of confidence.
Vive la révolution!
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