As we approach International Women’s Day 2020 we are featuring some of the women who are leaders within our organisation.
We start with our Deputy CEO and Company Secretary, Lisa Dubé.
What is your role and what led you there?
Deputy CEO and Company Secretary
At a key point in my career, I decided to leave the research bench and did an MBA to be able to branch into the business side of research. I liked the idea of remaining in research but having the ability to help shape and facilitate research organisations and in particular be involved in research commercialisation. I have worked my way up and undertaken varied roles to expand my capabilities.
Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?
I have had several mentors along the way who I keep in touch with regularly. They are usually people I have worked with at some point that I admire. In particular, one of my employers was very impactful on my current direction and provided many opportunities for personal growth and learning. I think it is really important to always have mentors to discuss what your goals are and to get good advice from multiple viewpoints.
Where do the great ideas come from in your organisation?
Great ideas come from everywhere, usually the grand ones come from the Board and or executive team but we are a very flat organisation and encourage anyone with a good idea to voice it and they often do. The best ideas are often borne of need, when someone feels something could be done better.
What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?
Adaptability. The only sure thing you can count on will be tackling the unexpected. Being flexible and innovative with solutions is extremely important.
What advice would you give someone going into a similar position for the first time?
Ensure you have a great team that are empowered and supported. Leaders don’t always have to be able to do everything but you do need a great team to be successful.
What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop in your role?
I try to vary this and participate in new experiences when possible including courses or workshops and networking. Getting feedback from those around you is also always important and can help you identify areas for improvement.