Q&A With Future Leaders From SHE Leads

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Each week we will give you a Q&A on their experience with SHE Leads and about their ambitions as leaders.  

This week we spoke with Camilla Broch Pedersen from the Norwegian Communication Authority.  Her career motto is:

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“I get knocked down, but I get up again.”

What are your ambitions as a future leader?

My ambitions are to be able to use my leadership skills in a position where I can make a change. To cultivate an innovation-friendly culture, balance stakeholders, inspire and engage co-workers. I find it rewarding to do so while working in the public sector, and when focusing on innovation, I believe agility is an important personal quality. Agility means high performance in jobs that require an ability to adapt to changes, to deal with ambiguity and to formulate strategy.  

What would be your goals as a leader?

To succeed in translating future-oriented ideas into a viable organisational strategy and reward the creativity that generates breakthrough approaches and solutions. Also, to communicate and create strategic visions as a team, and thus inspire others to do their best to achieve organisational objectives and collective goals.  

What are the three words that your employees would say about you as a leader?

  •           Socially aware and interested 
  •          Gives trust and freedom 
  •          Risk-taker 

Who is your role model? 

I am easily inspired, so I have many role models. However, if I have to choose it has to be Silvija Seres and Petter Stordalen.   

What are the lessons in your professional career that you have learned the most from?

I started my professional career working on board different seismic vessels around Africa, each time on a five weeks rotation. Out of fifty crew members, usually only one or two were women. The crew was from all around the world. My biggest take-aways from that time, could easily be transferred to any working environment.  

  • When the Captain mingles with the staff by practicing free seating in the galley, both the working environment and commitment among the crew became higher.  
  • The environment changed dramatically for the better if I wasn’t the only woman onboard. 
SHE Leads mentors and mentees led by Jeanette Carter.

Why did you join SHE Leads? What did you hope to learn from the mentors?

Coming from a professional career in and around Oslo, then moving home to the southern part of Norway, I really missed events and communities such as SHE. I needed inspiration to further develop as a leader, and when I saw the SHE leads program I had to apply. This is my first designated mentor and I hope that he will push and guide me in the right direction.  

What do you think would be your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?

I know I am impatient, and sometimes I believe that I cannot fully communicate the potential I believe lies within my visions.  

What are the key takeaways from SHE Leads?

I found the focus on diversity and future of work, interesting. I also enjoyed the discussions we had between the mastermind groups and the other participants in break out rooms, where we could work on specific problems.  

Why would you recommend future leaders to join SHE Leads?

It is a professional and carefully designed leadership program which will force you to actually go deeper within yourself. The organisers are personally engaged and highly skilled. •

Check out SHE Leads Virtual, launching January 2021.