Jessie Muzvidzwa is a holder of Doctor of philosophy in business Management (PhD) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) with more than twenty years proven professional experience and a solid knowledge of cross-sector leadership, launching high impact programmes and building resourceful organisational systems within the private, public and international development institutions, She has delivered and achieved significant visible accomplishments and gained a strong reputation of possessing an entrepreneurial spirit that can create and grow an operation from scratch and take the same entity to the next level of impact and scale as well as having the ability to turn ideas into actions. She is a past recipient of the Fortune 500/US State Department “Global Women Mentoring programme” therefore belongs to a strong network of influential women . She is currently a consultant for a large International Development Organization providing solutions in health strengthening.
Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess? A good leader for me is one who has the ability to lead from behind not in front. That means they must be great followers. Such leaders have mastered the art of servant leadership and therefore allow others around them to grow without feeling threatened. What are some strategies that can help women achieve more prominent roles in their organizations? Women are born with natural female traits – strong communicators, great instinct, multi-tasking, and emotional intelligence. These are desirable leadership qualities that if they are harnessed and used appropriately, they can help women achieve prominent roles in organisations. Do not shy away from your female traits embrace them. What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career? One great lesson learnt over the years is that you can not lead others effectively if you have not learnt to lead self. Self-leadership and self-mastery distinguish great leaders and good leaders. Self-awareness and constant reflection of one’s ability becomes key elements for growth in one’s career.
What are, from your perspective, the biggest challenges for women in leadership roles? The greatest challenge is that many women are competing in leadership spaces that a male dominated and this comes with many stereotypes on their capabilities as they are viewed as the weaker gender in such environments. I believe we can yield power without reference to our gender. What are the 3 Pearls Of Wisdom from your journey and life in general that you’d like to share with our members to encourage them in their careers. a. Life’s greatest lessons are usually learnt from the worst times and from the worst mistakes. Use those lessons to influence and make an impact. This nugget applies even in these times of uncertainty and fear grips because of Covid-19 . b. Constantly reinvent yourself. What worked yesterday will not work tomorrow. Be willing to empower yourself through constant growth (Personal Development is a must) c. Give back your time, skills expertise to the same communities that have raised you and made you who you are today.