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Learn from these role models
Who run some of the biggest companies in the world? Yes, women! These hardworking female CEO’s know what they’re doing. Are you as a hardworking, ambitious starter looking to reach the top? Then read these motivating quotes from some of the most powerful female CEO’s in the world.
You deserve a place in the spotlight too
You’re working hard to become a CEO of a kick-ass company, maybe even your own company. In this challenging job, you’re probably going to be the face of the company and have the final responsibilities for the company goals, mission and running the organisation. So, you can’t hide behind anyone else. But you don’t want to, because you want to be in charge.
Without a CEO companies would be flat on their ass no time. So, for all future CEO’s and running CEO’s: you deserve to be in the spotlight. That’s why we created this two piece series of 7 valuable and inspirational quotes from some of the most powerful female CEO’s in the world. Here are the first 4!
#1 “I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.” – Virginia Rometty
Want to reach the top? Take on those assignments, even if you don’t have any prior experience. Because you learn and grow most when you do something out of your comfort zone. It also helps to boost your confidence when you make it a success. Something not going right? No problem, learn from your mistakes. Conclusion: you learn either way.
Virginia Rometty evolved from system engineer to the chairman, president and CEO of IBM – one of the largest IT-companies in the world. She is the first woman at the top of this organisation. She is also in the 10th place on Forbes The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2017 list.
#2 “I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from.” – Susan Wojcicki
Women at the top also know setbacks. Sometimes, even many, like Susan Wojcicki. What divides these women from the crowd is that they learn from their mistakes. Because you can learn a lot from your mistakes and the way you work. It will help you become a better version of yourself.
Susan Wojcicki was the first marketing manager of Google. She got promoted to the role of senior vice president of Google’s advertisement department. Wojcicki was the one who suggested to take over Youtube, providing the company billions of dollars. Since 2014 she’s the CEO of YouTube. It’s no surprise that she at the 6th place on Forbes The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2017 list.
#3 “Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.” – Indra Nooyi
If your employees are willing to do everything for you, you’re doing something right. Accept when they’re only doing it out of fear of getting fired or tirades. So, make sure that your employees want to follow you to the end of the world, because you’re sincere and have their and the companies best interest at heart. Show this by giving your staff the opportunity to develop themselves, to excel in their roles and to be open to feedback.
Indra Nooyi is the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. She received multiple awards, like CEO of the Year in 2009. Nooyi was also the first woman that donated money to the deanery of an established school – Yale School of Management. The deanery is even named after her, after her royal donation. She holds the 2nd place on Forbes The 19 Most Powerful Women in Business list and the 11th place on Forbes The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2017 list.
#4 “[…]Leaders should strive for authenticity over perfection.” – Sheryl Sandberg
If you want to be a good leader, you have to be vulnerable. You don’t know everything and you make mistakes. Don’t be embarrassed, don’t try to hide it, but be honest about it. Your employees don’t expect you to be perfect. But they do expect to trust you, that your sincere and approachable. So be the imperfect, authentic leader they can look up to.
Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook. Yes true, she’s not the CEO. But she is one of the most powerful women in the world. The most influential woman and mother of two is on Forbes The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 list at an amazing 4th place. She wrote two books; Lean In – Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Option B. She uses the profit of these bestsellers to help start the NGO’s LeanIn.Org and Option B.
LeanIn.Org helps women all around the world to realise their dreams. Option B helps people to stay strong when they’re confronted with the setbacks in life. Something that happened to her in 2015 when she all of sudden became a widow.
Feel the adrenaline flowing? Next week we’ll post the last 3 supporting quotes and inspirational background stories of powerful CEO’s.