Tell us a little bit about the force that is Precious Gondwe?
Precious Gondwe is the Founding Partner and CEO of Precious & Partners, a leading Corporate Legal Practice in Botswana. She has recently been named Top 30 Most Influential Law Firm Founder & Lawyer in Africa. An advocate for Pan Africanism, a Passionate Human Rights Lawyer and Activist at heart, with a great command & knowledge of Law in Constitutional & Corporate Law matters. She is an Admitted Attorney, Notary & Conveyancer in the Republic of Botswana and a registered Foreign Solicitor in the UK & Wales. The President of the Pan African Game Changers, a non-profit organisation that emphasizes the empowerment of young African women all over the world. She is also the future President of the United states of Africa 😊.
Have you always had leadership qualities and are leaders born or made?
I always did, this I know because growing up I was often misunderstood..hahhah! I was always strongly opinionated and inquisitive. I suspect some of my opinions and questions made my seniors quite uncomfortable, I didn’t accept things for what they were but always wanted to know the bottom line concerning everything. However, once it became clear I was a Game Changer and that Leadership was embedded in my DNA , people especially my family embraced the wholesome me unreservedly. My late father simply said, ‘you are going to be lawyer one day’ and that was it. So yes, here I am…I bet you, I was born a leader but I also believe that’s not enough. Even the pseudo-one dimensional diamond must first be cut, polished before it gets the ultimate shine…SO are leaders..
Define a great leader—what are some traits you think great leaders possess?
Leaders must know the people they lead. I have always said, you cannot lead people effectively until you know who they are, what makes them and what they believe in. Once you have that, you can lead anyone into their purpose, into their greatness and into anything they want to be. Also leaders acknowledge and breed other leaders. A great leader too can be led. She must be in a position to sit down and learn from others, including the input of those she/he leads.
What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?
Authenticity and hard work. People are drawn to authenticity and hardworking people or leaders who lead from the heart. A clear plan and strategy on how to achieve your short, medium and long term goals must also be clearly penned out. You must be a GAME CHANGER!
What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?
Lead from the heart. The heart will hardly deceive you. There’s the head but the heart will help you reach out even to the most difficult proteges that only a great leader can reach to.
What are, from your perspective, the biggest challenges for women in leadership roles?
The challenges of inequality in the boardroom span a lot of decades back but I am a positivist. Therefore, we must acknowledge first that these challenges exist but we will not be silenced by them. We must understand the importance of women empowerment to the extent that where we are deprived or denied of positions or platforms, we have the power to create them. Most challenges emerge from platforms others, including male species create. So, we must forget trying to fit in spaces where we get squashed in but create platforms that will foster inclusiveness and equal rights. That is what Pan African Game Changing is all about.
In closing, 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.
You first. In whatever you do take care of you inner self for out of it flows the issues of life. You cannot effectively help others if your inner self is at war
Money isn’t everything. People are everything
If you don’t like something, change it! Quit complaining, quit negativity, quit anything that infiltrates your soul in the negative.