Never deny your innate feminine traits. Because, you will always have more power being a woman than you will ever have trying to behave like a man. The organisation that is in the best possible place for success and sustainability is the organisation that has a good balance of male and female energy.
Throughout the early stages of my career, strong and ambitious women were my role models. If I could achieve half of what they had, then I'd be happy, so being placed in the same bracket as them, and being told that, as a Woman of the Future, I too am a role model for young women, was a real highlight in my career.
Worryingly, the Everyday Sexism Project have received many reports from women describing sexual assault and even rape in the workplace being swept under the carpet or dealt with inappropriately by their employers: "Once raped by a colleague on a night out. Guess who lost their job? (not him)," read one, while another describes how after she was sexually assaulted at work "This was brushed under the carpet, the police weren't called and I was moved 'off-site'."
I've always been influenced by strong prosperous women such as Dame Anita Roddick and Helena Morrissey. Now a ridiculously busy but proud owner of a business myself, I try to impart as much wisdom and advice to other women who are trying to achieve their own business dreams. One of the key issues that I find difficult to stomach is that there is still a clear lack of female role models across all sectors including science and technology, business, public sector or charities. Enterprise is getting better with the likes of Michelle Mone, Annabel Karmel and Kanya King giving female entrepreneurialism the facelift and desirability it needs to attract others start-up.