Leadership with Yumi Stynes

20 June 2019

Are you ready to Thrive? Our She Leads Conference delivers a fresh and innovative approach to women’s leadership development. It gives aspiring, developing and established women, female-identifying and non-binary leaders, the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and networks to amplify their leadership journey alongside their career.

In this interview we talk to Yumi Stynes, one of our keynote speakers at the upcoming 2019 She Leads Conference.

Describe your leadership journey in 30 words or less.

Experience has made me rich and now they’re after me.

What was (or is) your biggest leadership challenge? I think women become leaders when they see a need and feel confident they can fill that need. So for me, it was understanding that the need for a leader does not always exist – that you can bide your time and that’s okay. And if the position still doesn’t open up and you’re jonesing, create the position.

Why do we need more women leaders, and what difference can women in leadership make in terms of gender equality?

We need more women leaders because we’re awesome at it. Natural leaders see the talents in their female staff and nurture them. Women leaders have an innate understanding of the challenges that face women – from sexism and sexual harassment to parenting pressures.

What book should every aspiring woman leader read?

Whatever goddamn book they want.

Share with us the best piece of advice you’ve been given.

“Never apologise,” is a good one. I still apologise when required, but the advice is about not dwelling on nor drawing attention to your mistakes and moving on to prove your worth through your relentless pursuit of excellence.

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