6 leadership lessons from inspiring women
08 March 2019
Investec's women leaders share their advice to other women on the rise.
7 min read
Don’t look at being a woman as a disadvantage. It’s actually a major advantage and one should take this on and use it.
Ruth Leas, CEO-designate, Investec Bank plc.
"...continual becoming, never being..."
(Schopenhauer, referencing Plato)
"Just get on and do it. High quality deliverables speak for you, it makes gender irrelevant."
"Stay true to who you are. Show up as your true authentic self. Walk your own path. Create your own story. There’s no one else like you. That’s your superpower."
"When an opportunity arises, make an informed decision and then take the bull by the horns and don’t give up!"
"One of the most important things in life, and at work, is to know your worth and what you stand for and to never let perceptions hold you back. Take a risk, it might just pay off."
"The world will respect and value you, once you respect and value yourself. Navigate life with humility, authenticity and a comfortable level of vulnerability… you will succeed!"
"I live by a Richard Branson quote: ‘If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you are not sure you can do it, say yes then learn how to do it later'."
"I have learned to let go of my 'working mom' guilt – my son’s class prefer Woolworths cupcakes to home-baked gluten-free ones."
"It does not matter who you are or where you come from, the ability to triumph begins with you” (Oprah)
"The most valuable lesson I have learnt over the years is to surround yourself with good people and then to trust them."
"Often you’re the only one getting in your way. Tenacity pays off, stay with it."
"Having my KZN colours in Karate drives my fearless attitude. Being resilient will strengthen the ‘force’ within you!"
"Find someone in our business that you really admire and learn from them. Having regular feedback and support has helped me immensely."
"A powerful woman is not made to fit in but rather destined to stand out. So go ahead, unleash your inner beast and show the world who you are and what you're capable of."
"As nurturers we should learn to lift others as we rise so as to create a strong network of independent and hard-working women"
"Too often as women we feel that failure is the opposite of success. It's not, rather it's part of success."