Marian Spier, a social entrepreneur, consultant, CEO, and founder of TEDxAmsterdamWomen and FEM-START sat down with Rise and Lead Founder Ebere Akadiri for our Inspiring Women Leaders Interview Series.
The Inspiring Women Leaders Series is an initiative where we interview female leaders who are at the top of their field in their respective industries so they can share their experience, advice, and insights that can help women all over the world unleash their full potential.
During the interview, Marian shared her story and journey to where she is today as well as some advice for burgeoning women leaders for the next generation. Here are some highlights of her interview.
On the three groups of people, you need in your life.
There are always closed doors. I would say you need three groups of people in your life, a mentor, a sponsor who will promote your business and your tribe. When I was going through the motions as an entrepreneur, I would encounter closed doors, and I would call up my mentor or somebody from my tribe and ask them for help. It could be about mental health or asking if they need a project or know someone who has a project for me.
On finding mentorship and forming relationships.
Don’t be shy, ask for help, and build relationships. What I’ve seen now is people think relationships will form in a month. It doesn’t work that way. Sometimes you build relationships for years. Look at your LinkedIn account, look at the quality of relationships you’ve had with your colleagues or your managers. Have a coffee with them and start talking because these are people who know you very well and can advise you how to move forward.
On awareness of leadership.
When you’re a leader, there’s always a spotlight on you, and you have to be very aware of what you do. What I learned is to be very conscious of my actions. As a leader, you always have to think about how you can keep your group together and how you can inspire them to move forward.
On the importance of passion in becoming a leader.
What are you passionate about? My plan was not to become a leader; my plan was to create a platform for women. And I was accepted as a leader because that’s where my passion is. Where your passion is, you are at your most authentic, and people will receive you as a leader.
You can watch the full interview with Marian Spier to hear her inspiring journey and great advice on leadership styles below.
Ebere Akadiri is an accomplished entrepreneur and an advocate for women in leadership. Her passion to inspire others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder, Poonam Barua. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead in closing the gender gap in workplaces and in business.