Women in Leadership
I was recently invited by Regents University to join a panel to discuss Women in Leadership alongside two amazing women Melissa Allen a lead partner at KPMG’s Capital Markets practice and Carol Stewart an Executive Coach and one of Britain’s Top 50 Advisors.
The panel were asked to discuss our experiences around the challenges of being women in a corporate or entrepreneurial world.
The panel were asked to discuss our experiences around the challenges of being women in a corporate or entrepreneurial world. The aim was to give the audience of Regents University students an insight into Women’s endeavours, achievements and challenges in the business world.
It was a fascinating discussion and I felt great empathy with my fellow panellists as we were all in agreement that the greatest strength a woman can have is the mind-set that she is an equal.
One of the really important questions that played on my mind before and after the session was “Growing up did you ever have a female role model that inspired you.” I struggled with this question for many days before the event, as I couldn’t remember who I had as a role model and then realised I didn’t have one. That troubled me even more until I realised I didn’t need one growing up as my father had always told my sister and I that we could achieve anything. He always expected us to work hard and achieve and there were no excuses for being girls or being weaker – we just had to get on and do it! I had never realised until this point that my father had given me this amazing mind-set.
So, I guess I was really lucky as I grew up with no perception that I was disadvantaged by being a woman and through my career I have always believed that actually as a woman I have the advantage! I can be as strong, as knowledgeable, as bright, as intuitive, as strong a leader and as passionate as any man and on top of that – I have the added advantage of my feminine charms!
So, if any women out there are thinking of being an entrepreneur and starting their own business – you can do it – you just need the right mind-set!