International Women's Day highlights the importance of the impact women have had on the world and the steps we can take to support and encourage women in leadership positions.
Heather Harrison, founder of Aspect Skincare, is a testament to the strength and determination that women bring to the table. With many proud achievements under her belt and a long tenure at Advanced Skin Technology (AST), Heather has navigated through the power structures of the business world and come out on top. She attributes her success to passion and surrounding herself with people who inspire her and empower her to be the best she can be.How has leadership changed?
When Heather started her career, she was one of the only woman in her area of leadership, and she felt women had to adopt a masculine approach to be seen as a leader. However, this hostile workplace is slowly changing, women (and men) can now bring their authentic selves to the table. The presence of a balance of women and men in leadership positions at AST brings different perspectives to the table and enhances the overall success of the company.
How does a leader continue to grow?
Building confidence and resilience is a daily task, according to Heather, but it's essential to focus on your strengths and develop them while also surrounding yourself with people who are better at things you're not. For women looking to grow their leadership skills, Heather recommends networking and having a laser focus on your goals. It's important to love what you do, be good at it, and surround yourself with people who can help you grow.Advice for the next generation of female leaders
Heather advises the next generation of female leaders to look at yourself as a leader, be confident, be positive, and bring your true self to the table. Every day should be a learning experience, and you should always give back to your team and the greater community. When you're focused on giving back, you'll grow as a leader and inspire others to follow.
Let us take inspiration from the likes of Heather Harrison and strive to support and encourage women in leadership positions. Whether it's through networking, focusing on our strengths, or giving back to our communities, let us all strive to empower women to be the best they can be.