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Farah Chowdhury

March 8th, 2021

Advice from women in leadership

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Farah Chowdhury

March 8th, 2021

Advice from women in leadership

1 comment | 20 shares

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

This International Women’s Day we’re reflecting on our recent panel with women in leadership. Panellists working across a range of sectors in leadership positions shared advice on…

preventing career stagnation and getting to the top of your field:

  • Be clear with your direction and understand where you’d like to go.
  • Develop an action plan and plan the steps that will get you from point A to B.
  • Lean in on resources and people around you. Reach out to people for guidance and look for a mentor.
  • Work hard and remember it’s important to enjoy what you’re doing.
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks! It’s okay to start back at the bottom.

getting into a competitive sector or area straight out of university:

  • There may be candidates with more relevant experience so take the time to volunteer and undertake internships and research to strengthen yourself.
  • Develop and build your relationship management skills – these are key.
  • Push yourself into the discomfort zone – this is were you’ll learn the most.
  • Don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.

imposter syndrome in the workplace:

  • ‘You get the feeling that you’re not somehow deserving of your achievements- yes I have felt this. Being conscious of where you’re at helps to alleviate that feeling. Remember if you are driven and dynamic you deserve to be there! Have humility. ‘
  • ‘We have all felt it and still feel this, but you need to work through this and know your value and talent. I have progressed to where I am today for a reason but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel this, I do.’

the meaning and purpose of work:

  • ‘I want to be a kick ass woman, a mum, a lady that lunches – it is hard to do all these things. I want to be home and out with friends, but I also get real personal satisfaction at work and doing my work. Its about finding a balance that works for you and your life.’   
  • ‘It’s important to remember to do jobs you really like. I have felt differently about this question at different stages of my life. For example, when I was travelling I felt torn because I was not with my children. You cannot be perfect and something may have to give. Its important to have support mechanisms around you. Don’t be too hard on yourself and give a positive role model to your children. ‘
  • ‘It will vary depending on where you are in your lifeDecompartmentalise the different elements and balance theseBalance whatever challenge you have right now against other priorities.’ 

Do you have any advice or tips you’d add to any of the themes above? Let us know in the comments below.
Find out more about International Women’s Day and this year’s campagain, #ChooseToChallenge.

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Farah Chowdhury

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