Katherine Boiciuc’s career path to executive leadership was long and hard earned. She’s a living, breathing, example of an executive disrupting the tech industry, working hard to ensure more women make it to the C-Suite.
Katherine Boiciuc is the Associate Director at leadership consultancy Maximus International. In this role she coaches other executives to secure the future of leadership and confront the challenges of tomorrow.
But Katherine didn’t get here overnight. It took decades of hard work, determination and CEO’s willing to invest in her. Unfortunately, not all women in the workforce get these opportunities.
So many women walk away from the hard transition from middle management to C-Suite because they lose faith, they lose hope, they lose their way to try another time.”Katherine Boiciuc
Katherine’s Advice for Women on a Career Path to Executive Leadership
During our conversation Katherine shared two key pieces of advice that helped her both get to, and manage, being in an executive leadership position.
Formalise Your Qualifications
As a woman you’re going to come up against biases. So, having your qualifications on paper removes any excuses for not promoting or hiring you. They can’t say no when you’re the most qualified person for the job.
Balance Your Priorities
Katherine’s second piece of advice relates to work life balance and priorities:
No matter how many balls you are juggling, some are going to be made of glass, and some are going to be made of rubber.”Katherine Boiciuc
Katherine advocates taking inventory of everything you are doing. Write down all your priorities, both work and personal. Figure out which ones you can outsource and the ones that demand your attention.
As far as I’m concerned Katherine Boiciuc is a super woman. She’s a huge role model of mine so talking with her was such a wonderful, and even emotional, experience.
I feel so blessed to be able to share our conversation with you all.
In this episode we cover:
- Katherine Boiciuc’s career path, working in various roles at Australia’s leading telco, from call centres, operations, people capability, sales and strategy, and ultimately to executive leadership.
- We discuss why women often get stuck in middle management, and how to progress to the next level
- Katherine shares a story of how she got selected for executive leadership training whilst on maternity leave
- She opens wide and gets vulnerable with me in sharing two big challenges she faced in her career
- We talk about why she left Telstra after 19 years
- Katherine shares her views on authentic leadership, and why it is imperative in today’s world
- And so much more!
- Katherine Boiciuc on LinkedIn, Twitter
- Leadership consultancy Maximus International, LinkedIn, YouTube
- Video interview, The Future of Leadership with Katherine Boiciuc
- How to Prepare Yourself for a Leadership Role, The Martec (Aug 2019)
- What Does the 21st Century Leadership Look and Feel Like, Women Love Tech (Jul 2020)
- 29 Inspirational Women Making Waves in STEM in Australia, Women Love Tech (Feb 2020)
- Tackling Technology Challenges and Improving Business Through Diversity, Telstra Exchange (Oct 2018)
- 6 Career Tips from a Global Tech Leader, Telstra Exchange (Nov 2018)
- Reflections on Why More Women Don’t Get to the C-Suite: A View from China – Harvard Business Review
- Book: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Timothy Ferris
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