Our Sector Director, Gail Sinton, talks about the importance of women leadership as we celebrate the International Women's Day.
''Never give up, no matter what obstacles may get in your way.''
In your opinion, what defines a great leader?
A great leader in my opinion, is someone who can believe in themselves as well as others; someone who can focus on achieving not just their own goals, but also their team’s goals.
What are some traits you think great leaders possess?
Being able to listen to others, let others take the lead as well, provide emotional support praise and any other type of support.
What do women leaders bring that is unique?
I believe that women as leaders is a unique quality on its own.
Why is it so important that women have leadership positions?
It is important for women to have leadership positions as females bring different perspectives and skills to the leadership teams, compared to what men bring. We should encourage more females to follow their own dreams and goals in life, therefore empowering more women to become leaders.
How do you think female leaders can be seen as powerful allies and champions by other women at all levels?
My first female leader was such an inspirational person, she was a powerful woman whom I wanted to follow without any pushing from behind. I encourage and mentor everyone in my team of all genders to succeed and fulfil their goals; we can all learn from each other, as long as positivity is part of the leadership.
How women in leadership can drive important changes in the workplace?
Women in corporate leadership roles has and will continue to change the culture of the workplace.
Which woman has inspired you the most and why?
Firstly, my first ever manager in the facilities industry. She was the motivation for continuing to persevere and reach the goals I have in my career. She was a strong, confident and successful woman who mentored me in the early days.
Another woman is Shirley Temple; not only did she succeed as a child actress, she also sat on the board of directors for large companies like Del Monte Foods and The Disney World Company. Her public disclosures about her own breast cancer, became a significant milestone in Breast Cancer Awareness, which is a charity close to my own heart.
How have you developed your confidence as a leader?
By never giving up. To quote a famous song, “I get knocked down, but I get up again”. I am a straight-talking person, who also listens to other people’s opinions. After my initial start in the industry as a cleaner, I have the confidence to mentor and develop other women to take the right path and follow their dreams and goals of becoming the next generation of leaders.
What advice do you have for women aiming for leadership positions?
The advice I would give is never to give up, no matter what obstacles may get in your way. If you are a born leader, then you will succeed no matter how long it takes.