AS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO BE APPOINTED CEO OF PWC SOUTHERN AFRICA,
WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU HAVE FOR ASPIRING YOUNG WOMEN?
Our destiny is in our hands; if we don’t decide, someone will decide for us. Success has no address, no colour, no gender.
Shirley Machaba The solution is within us. Keep pursuing your dreams until you achieve them.
Run your career like a business, have a strategy articulating where you are, where you want to be and how to get there. Surround yourself with mentors who will help you achieve your strategy.
You will fall along the way however when you fall, stand up, dust yourself and keep walking.
Keep telling yourself that “the sky is not the limit, the universe is the limit” YOU ARE A QUALIFIED CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT.
WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OVERCAME TO BE WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? Like any other black female professional, my road was not an easy one.
I had the highs and lows. Unconscious bias from both men and women has been a top challenge.
My recipe was to know what I want and remain focused, consistent, confident, principled, authentic, perfect what I do
Shirley Machaba and never give up in what I do, including maintaining good work ethics.
Emotional intelligence has also been one of my strong attributes.
I always raised my hand for new opportunities and put more effort to it for me to succeed.
THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CURRENT REQUIREMENTS OF LEADERSHIP TODAY?
Indeed the role of leadership has evolved. It’s no longer business as usual, it is about the ‘new normal’.
The following are the current characteristics of today’s leadership: Authentic and selfless.
Regular communication, accountability, integrity, great listener, decisive, empathetic, firm, consistent, inclusive, strategic thinker, visionary, humility, purpose- driven, influence, courageous, passionate, service-driven, inspirational, confident, delegation skills, adaptable and flexible.
HOW DO YOU INTEND ENSURING PWC CONTINUES TO LIVE ITS PURPOSE? PwC is a purpose-led and values-driven organisation.
Our culture is embedded in our purpose and values. It is about the “tone at the top” – ensuring that I involve my executives in strategic matters and receive the buy in from my executives
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