Whilst the gender pay gap still dominates our headlines, there are many powerful women with powerful positions in some of the most successful companies worldwide. If you’re in need of some inspiration, it’s good to hear what these female leaders have to say.
Here’s our top 10 quotes from female CEOs and entrepreneurs to offer a fresh perspective and insight on every day challenges:
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
– Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx.
“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, CEO, PepsiCo.
“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”
– Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook.
“If you can find something you’re really passionate about, whether you’re a man or a woman comes a lot less into play. Passion is a gender neutralising force.”
– Marissa Mayer, Former CEO, Yahoo.
“People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.”
– Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue.
“I learned to always take on things I’d never done before. Growth and comfort do not coexist.”
– Ginni Rometty, President & CEO, IBM.
“We need to accept that we don’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes. Understand that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.”
– Arianna Huffington, Co-founder & Editor, Huffington Post.
“So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.”
– Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr.
“My advice to women in tech, and women who want to start their own companies, is to be joyful and passionate – maybe some people will call these ‘feminine’ traits – but don’t allow people to convince you that you are on the wrong path.”
– Jill Brownhill Lauer, CEO, Sweeten.
“No matter how senior you get in an organisation, no matter how well you’re perceived to be doing, your job is never done.”
– Abigail Johnson, President and CEO, Fidelity Investments
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