Industry leader: Frauke Thies

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | SMART ENERGY EUROPE

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2020

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I was inspired by personalities such as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who truly lived for an objective. From the perspective of a mentor, my line manager at my first job at Greenpeace demonstrated to me the importance of investing in your team; she took pride in what her team achieved and in how each team member performed. Her actions have shaped the way I understand leadership.

​​​​​​​WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?

I think there are various dimensions, with the most important being to have a clear vision and sense of purpose. This is the foundation to inspire others and to lead with passion. Secondly, having the ability to get the best out of people and the team, by inspiring and supporting their motivation to achieve the common goals of the organisation, but also to grow as individuals in their field.

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