Aspiring to leap from mid-level worker to c-suite career status in the near future? We hear you. Whether you are ambitiously aiming to climb the professional ladder into a leadership role, or currently hold one, who better to take career advice from then fellow inspiring leaders. We spoke to five women in media who are at the top of their game in their respective industries resulting in invaluable leadership advice no matter your current status.
Ellie Rogers, Head of Agency, Australia & New Zealand, Facebook
“Being your authentic self is as good an idea in business as it is in life, but some of the traits that are traditionally female have been banned from the board room. The reality is that my industry, like many, is undergoing a major overhaul as consumers shift to mobile.
This means, to thrive through this change we need diverse leadership teams with whole-brain thinking and that means men, women, old, young, and talkers and listeners. I applaud more leaders who show their strength through their honesty and vulnerability.
Questions like “What does everyone else think?” or “Is anyone else feeling upset about this?” are currently questions more attune to a mothers group than standard board room lingo and I think that needs to change as we move into a new era.
So, my advice to women in business and aspiring leaders is to leave your shoulder pads for 80’s nights and focus on bringing who you really are into the board room.”
Rose Herceg, Chief Strategy Officer at STW Group, Author of The Power Book
“My two cents on leadership advice?
The first cent: Don’t sit on the fence. Pick a side. Even if you’re wrong.
The second cent: When you are wrong (and you will be from time to time) say so. A big fat dose of humility does wonders.”
Ruby Lucas, Head of Events and Sponsorship, SheSays Sydney
“My best piece of leadership advice is always be ready to learn. Harness the learning process to build your knowledge, as this will help you to make decisions, grow, and evolve.
Every person you meet and every experience you have can teach you something. But it’s up to you to extract the lessons from these interactions.
A quality of leadership is the ability to transform experiences into an opportunity to learn. When things aren’t working for you, take a step back and think, what can I learn from this, what can I do differently? When it’s smooth sailing take time to reflect and ask “what makes this positive?” Be curious, watch, listen, and ask lots of questions.”
Nitsa Lotus, Managing Director, Whybin TBWA
“If I’ve learned one thing about leadership, it would be to hire the right people, put them in the right roles. Look after them and get out of their way.”
Lizzie Schebesta, Actress & Founder of WITS (Women in Theatre & Screen)
“Be mindful of your cultural blindspots and be inclusive. Surround yourself with people from different backgrounds and walks of life. It’s very important as a leader to expand your perception beyond your own experience.
There’s a well-known Patti Smith quote that has been a touchstone for me. “Be concerned with doing good work. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises. And if you can build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency.” That has been a guiding principle for me in all that I do. It’s about leading with integrity. When I make a choice and am feeling concerned about the risks or consequences, I ask myself if I’m living up to my standard of integrity. It’s one of the things that made me interested in gender parity and women in theatre and screen in Australia, as I was so often needing to question the choices presented to me.”