This is my favorite time of year. The time when Forbes brings to our attention women from around the globe who are making a difference. The true definition of purposeful women. Once again the listed is headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who has been in the number one spot seven of the past ten years.
There are women in business, world leadership, technology, medicine, politics and entertainment – in every walk of life there are women setting the example and being the first – breaking down barriers.
Of course with my background in technology, I am always interested to see the leading women in that field:
Tech takes a second turn as a category on the Power Women list. Five tech women made the top 25 this year, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6), Rometty (No. 12) and HP’s Meg Whitman (No. 15). There are 16 tech women in total, including also Susan Wojcicki, SVP of ads at Google (No. 30) and Sun Yafang, chair of Huawei Technologies (No. 77).
“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opporunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”
Sheryl Sandberg has made great strides over the past year at Facebook and as an inspiration for women in business. Here is a short recap of her accomplishments:
Facebook’s COO incited a new conversation on feminism in the workplace with her March 2013 book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” The manifesto sold nearly 150,000 copies in its first week and has held the top non-fiction spot on bestseller lists since. But Sandberg’s biggest success of the year may have happened right in Menlo Park. After adding ads to its mobile news feed, Facebook earned more U.S. mobile revenue than any other publisher in 2012, with an 18.4% share of the entire market. The April release of “Home,” the new Facebook phone, will reportedly allow companies to send advertising directly to users’ smartphones even if the home screen is locked. 2013 SPOTLIGHT: One year after Facebook’s initial public offering, the company’s stock is down roughly 30%.
To learn more about her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, visit Amazon.
As you look at the list of top women, what similarities do you see? There are women from around the world, of all ages, races and industry; what is the common theme among women leaders? Is it courage? Self confidence? Passion with a purpose?
What do you think makes for a great leader? Are the qualities different between men and women. An interesting conversation to have. Visit us on Facebook and let’s talk about it.