What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than to reflect on the women who inspire us every day?
Meet Caroline Lind, CEO at Sandqvist since 2015.
I believe that a great leader has the ability to inspire, as well as showing empathy and courage. Courage to try new things and rely on the team, all while making wise decisions and prioritizing what’s most important.
I love to work hard - which is both a strength and a weakness, however I always make sure to take time off to recharge.
A great way to make sure your batteries are filled is exercising, which is a big part of my life - preferably outdoors activities such as skiing or cycling. I am good at prioritizing and know that a person can’t do everything at the same time.
I believe in a sustainable work life where we strive for a healthy balance and focus on what we do instead of how much we work. A smart job is not a sprint, it's a marathon – good things take time.
This is a difficult question for me to answer – I believe my team knows best. Hopefully they appreciate my commitment to them and that my “drive forward” can be a source of inspiration. I challenge my co-workers to reflect and prioritize tasks wisely. I try to get the team together and lead them towards the same goal while always making sure that I’m available for guidance when needed.
I think the best way to create a great team is by letting employees grow with responsibility, to understand that different strengths, skills and experience leads to success. Teamwork is all about lifting each other. I also believe in setting clear goals, frequent follow-ups and to celebrate achievements.
A lot of people inspire me, but especially people that chooses their own path. However, if I was to highlight some “power people”, it would be my mentors, Lena Olving and Ann Carlsson. They are two driven, intelligent and extremely generous women.
- Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you
- Aim to become the best in what you do, or try another path
- Have fun, life is too short to do things you don’t enjoy
- Challenge yourself – nothing ventured, nothing gained