15 Powerhouse Women Leaders Divulge Their Hard-Earned Wisdom for Success
Article | Accountability Insights
Looking for a seat at the table in your organization? Draw inspiration from these powerhouse women leaders.
As of 2018, 75% of businesses have at least one woman in senior management and many of the world’s most influential companies now have a female CEOs leading. Women looking to secure their place as a leader should find confidence in this evolving business landscape. And companies who value diverse ideas and experiences set their organizations up for future advancement.
Everything from handling chaos to maintaining a competitive advantage to people problems, organizations today need diverse thinking, ideas, and perspectives to help them uncover creative and innovative solutions to the layers of complicated challenges we face.
This is why we’re celebrating the diversity that women leaders, entrepreneurs, and small business owners bring to businesses today–because gaining the perspective of others make us all stronger and more successful in the end.
Celebrate with us and draw inspiration for continued growth from these extraordinary women in business.
- “If you push through that feeling of being scared, that feeling of taking risk, really amazing things can happen,” -Marissa Ann Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
- “What I tell everyone, and I really do for myself is, I have a long-run dream, which is I want to work on stuff that I think matters.” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
- “Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.” -Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President & CEO, IBM
- “If you don’t know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it.” – Oprah Winfrey, Media Proprietor and Philanthropist
- “What I always say is, ‘Do every job you’re in like you’re going to do it for the rest of your life and demonstrate that ownership of it.” -Mary T. Barra, CEO of General Motors
- “Good leaders organize and align people around what the team needs to do. Great leaders motivate and inspire people with why they’re doing it. That’s purpose. And that’s the key to achieving something truly transformational.”– Marillyn Hewson, President and Chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin
- “There is no substitute for hard work. There is a little luck along the way, but there is no substitute for really super-hard work, first in, last out.” –Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management
- “The best way to change it is to do it. Right? And then after a while you become it, and it’s easy.” -Ursula Burns, Former CEO Xerox, Chairman, VEON Senior advisor, Teneo
- “Failure is part of discovering the problem you need to be working on. If, as an entrepreneur, you are afraid to fail or to admit the failure of your efforts, then you completely lose any chance at being able to adapt and succeed at finding the problem that needs solving.”–Caterina Fake, Co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
- “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 Former Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo
- “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of a mistake” –Meg Whitman, Former CEO of Ebay, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, CEO NewTV.
- “Every day, you have to get up with new energy and new ideas to contribute to pushing the organization forward.”–Abigail Johnson CEO Fidelity Investments
- “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” ―Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo
- “Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” Arianna Huffington, author, syndicated columnist, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post
- “To be resilient is to be aware, adaptive, diverse, integrated, and self-regulating. These characteristics are all present, to different degrees and in different manifestations, in all resilient entities.” -Judith Rodin, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation
It’s no surprise with dedicated, passionate and imaginative women leaders in the workplace today what kind of world leaders can build tomorrow. Read 5 Stories From High-Impact Women Leaders and let their story inspire you to make an impact as a leader, entrepreneur or women in the business.