As a Strategist and Leadership Coach, I’ve supported hundreds of women to take their seat at the table and speak confidently, so their ideas and visions are heard. With my coaching, they step into greater leadership and influence, even in male-dominated industries.
There was a time when I struggled to speak up and have my own voice heard.
As a Sales Director in the press, covering the international oil and gas industry for 20 years, I experienced first-hand the challenges of working in a male-dominated industry. But it wasn’t until the market crashed in 2014 that I experienced a major clash with my organisation.
I was working 24/7 to find ways to increase revenue. My frustration level hit an all time high when my concerns for my team, and ideas for alternative solutions, weren’t being heard. I knew what I wanted to say, but after being shut down several times before, I’d lost my confidence. I doubted myself, “Perhaps I’m wrong? Perhaps the focus should be on the revenue and not the people?”
As if this wasn’t stressful enough, my son, who was suffering from a rare disorder called Hurler Syndrome, was in and out of the hospital. I was so exhausted and overwhelmed that I started drinking wine every night to unwind and try to find a sense of calm in the midst of the chaos.