Women Leaders Speak on Success

Traveling in Asia, I read a Financial Times article that profiled 50 female business leaders across the globe.  The stories were inspiring and I liked how a few executives shared their keys to success.

Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox,“People say all the time, ‘I knew this wouldn’t work’.  And I would say ‘Well if you knew this wouldn’t work, then why didn’t you say so?’  If you know things, you should take a stand.”

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco,“Dare to be wise (a favorite motto) – it encourages you to break out of the mold…being authentic, always learning and being driven.”

Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank, “I decided not to be invisible.” She described her mindset as the first and only woman to join the 4,000-strong National Commercial Bank in Saudi Arabia, where she worked as chief economist.

Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank

Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco

Alison Cooper, CEO of Imperial Tobacco

Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank

Nahed Taher, CEO of Gulf One Investment Bank

These are also great words of advice for presenters, especially those speaking at the highest levels on the global stage.