Developing female leaders


HSBC hosted a lively debate in New York covering everything from the importance of being clear on what you want from your career to influencing others, and the vital role of sponsors and mentors.

Drawing on her 30 years’ experience in international banking, Heidi Miller, Chair of HSBC North America Holdings Inc., emphasised that women need to take control of their future and not put their career path down to serendipity. “It’s important to take the opportunities and take control; to say this is how I see myself or this is what I enjoy – this is where I think my talent is,” she said.

It was a point echoed by Cate Luzio, Executive Vice President and Global Co-Head of International Subsidiary Banking, who talked about the importance of clearly communicating with your manager. “Having that clear, open dialogue with your boss, and letting them know what you want out of the next stage in your career is important.”

Across the panel, there was a unanimous view that over the course of your career, you will draw on advice and support from all areas. Sponsors and mentors, in particular, will play a vital role in helping you to face up to challenges and grasp opportunities as they arise. As the discussion drew to a close and the panelists shared their final thoughts, a key piece of advice was to seek a range of experiences and to not be afraid of making mistakes.

Speaking after the event, Patricia Gabberty, Head of Marketing, HSBC Commercial Banking, summarised the theme of the discussion, giving her thoughts on what a modern female leader looks like. “A modern female leader is a woman who has found her voice, who can be assertive, but not abrasive. And who also reaches out across the aisles and across men and women to bring up and foster the talent within their team.  She exudes a sense of confidence, leads with empathy and is always authentic.”
 

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