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 Lene Øian, Director of Channel Partner at Crayon.

What are your ambitions as a future leader?

I want to contribute to diversity and make it work!

What would be your goals as a leader?

To inspire my organization to have faith in our mission.

I would guide and encourage the team to fulfill their greatest potential and I hope to inspire and have a positive impact on each individual.

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

  •  Committed
  • Understanding
  • Good mentor

Who is your role model? 

I do not really have a specific role model, but I have been surrounded by many good people who have inspired me in different ways. Both colleagues and good friends have been inspirations because of different qualities and varied discussions.

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

I had been a successful key account manager for many years when in 2017 I chose a new position that did not turn out quite as I thought. It was a very difficult year. It was also a year where I spent a lot of time on what I was going to be when I grew up. I had many good conversations about the future with friends and colleagues. So, I decided to become a leader. This was not something I had thought much about before. I was so lucky to be able to take over a department. I’m so happy I was afforded this opportunity.
There is a lot of learning to be had in difficult situations.

SHE Leads mentors and mentees led by Jeanette Carter.

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

I joined SHE Leads to get inspiration, personal development, good tools for communication and leadership, and to expand my professional network with other future leaders.
From my mentor I hoped for quality conversations, better insights and maybe a reverse mentor program.

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

I am clear and distinct, understanding and good at listening, and I care a lot about the people around me. My biggest weakness is my impatience and that I get a little frustrated when I experience little understanding of something that is important to me.

What are the key takeaways from SHE Leads?

There are so many fantastic, skilled, tough and inspiring future female top leaders in Norway. 

There have been many inspiring themes in the program, but what has made the program extra valuable are the Mastermind groups. Being able to discuss topics and support each other in small groups has been very valuable. 

Why would you recommend future leaders to join SHE Leads?

You will get to know many inspiring women. Get insights in tools for personal development. And be a part of a valuable Mastermind groups.   •

Lena Øian  
Director of Channel Partner |  Crayon  AS  |  lena.oian@crayon.com