“To be a leader and not a boss, leading, and being a leader does not necessarily mean that what I say goes, and that means I need to be collaborative and help people feel heard” Georgette Wardan.
What energises you about your work?
(G): Helping others grow and develop. One highlight has been seeing a young woman that was working in my my team, who perhaps never felt that her voice was heard. It was only through getting to know her, although English is her second language, I got to know what she was good at, what she did, provided guidance as needed and opportunity. She had two Masters qualifications, and no one recognised that because she was very shy. So, developing staff and investing in them, to be the best that they can, is by far the most energising for me in my work.
What have you sacrificed along your career journey?
(G): Probably more time with my children. I’m very family orientated, so it’s been a sacrifice that my children have respected in me. My children had looked up to me and my career journey and are inspired to go out and achieve success in their own career, they have probably picked that up along the way.
I have done the early mornings, long evenings and that always comes at a cost to our personal life.
How have you developed your confidence as a leader?
(G): I would like to say that even now, sometimes I self-doubt. It is hard and I’m always trying to improve, so I consider myself as not always being correct and I do seek constructive feedback. If others feel that I could improve in a way that I handle a situation, I’m open and seek feedback, and self-reflect on that.