FORMER VICE PRESIDENT OF GRID EDGE TECHNOLOGY & DEVELOPMENT | SOUTHERN COMPANY (RETIRED)

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

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

The most pivotal role model for me was a senior female officer at Georgia Power who took me under her wing and counselled me when I was promoted as a brand-new officer—I was young and was the first female officer over our transmission organisation at Georgia Power, making me the first female officer over an operational organisation at Southern Company. At the time I had a one-year-old and a four-year old at home too, so it was quite a big change [laughs].

With all that I was dealing with, and I had an all-male leadership team who were technically deep in transmission, she helped me begin to understand how to effectively navigate my role and the responsibilities associated with it. I was young, full of new ideas, I had worked in multiple roles across the business and I felt confident about what I understood of the business and wanted to make a difference. She groomed me into that role, and even to this day she remains my mentor.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER? 

A leader has to be visionary and see beyond the day-to-day challenges and recognise the opportunities of the future and how to leverage them. Having the ability to engage their employees in charting that path forward is a key attribute of a successful leader.

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