Recently our founder and CEO Dao Jensen was featured in SiliconANGLE to share her journey to becoming an inspiring female leader, below are three key messages.
1. Diversify your skills
“Entrepreneurship is hard, an effective leader must increase their capabilities to manage the complexity of diverse employees, understand and respect differences, make swift adjustments when needed, and be ready for opportunities and challenges that come along.”
You have to touch all facets and be able to understand all the different parts of the company. It’s very difficult for some people who are only analytical or only sales-oriented to be able to run a company at scale.
“I have a finance degree and had no idea what technology was,” said Dao. Before embarking on technology, Dao began her career as a financial analyst and had no idea what Java was. However, the burning ambition of becoming a CFO or a CEO one day drove her to acquire knowledge in new areas.
2. Always be networking
“We have social media, but the best way to meet people is through other people, nothing beats the power of human connection. So going to events and having an idea of your goals at the event is important. Preparing and planning should be triple the time that you’re going to be at the event.”
👉Click here for highlights from the CloudNow Top Women in Cloud event: https://popl.ink/cn2020
3. Think positively and let your differences stand out
Labels and stereotypes persist, which can result in bias against female leaders and affect the opportunities that women entrepreneurs have and the progress they can make in the workplace. Although, when asked about her views, “Why take it negatively?” Dao asked. “The positive side is that you are female and you stand out. You better have your ideas in line and your resources, and you better be kick-ass. Next thing they know, you are better than whatever first impression they may have had.”