Our co-founder Gergana Krusteva shares her biggest lessons learned on leadership and the path to building confidence as a female leader in tech.
Here is this blitz interview that is a part of “Women in Leadership” series initiated by Campus X.
Q1: Lessons learned as a female leader in tech
My most important lesson from being a CEO at a large organization is that achieving a company’s goals is all about communication, persuasion, and leveraging among diverse stakeholders’ interests to eventually reach an agreement and start execution. Now all these challenges are gone, and I feel more like a team player than a leader when it comes to taking important decisions and steering the company to the next level. I heavily rely on the exchange of ideas to reach the right course of action and the “we” is bigger than the “I”.
Here, my start-up lesson on leadership would be to listen, learn and grow together as a team.
Q2: Building confidence as a female leader in a tech company
Early in my career, I never suffered from gender bias and somehow this concept was alien to me, maybe largely due to the fact that I happened to be in an industry dominated by female leaders.
However, with the change of verticals and the gain of professional experience, strangely enough, the doubt in your executive acumen somehow creeps in despite your accomplishments. Over time, I’ve learned to believe in my judgment and acknowledge my personal and organizational assets.