Ginni Rometty, a well-known American business executive, began her career with IBM in 1981, Detroit. In her journey with the organisation spanning over four-decades she has held a series of leadership positions. Currently, she holds the position of the Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM. Ginni is the first female head of the company.

The Fortune magazine has named her among “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years; she ranked No. 1 in three years (2012-2014).

Here’s how she inspires every woman.

  1. Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.
  2. The most important thing for any of us to be in our jobs is curious.
  3. You have to stick up for what you believe in. And that, to me, is the biggest thing you can do about driving inclusion.
  4. I’ve made lots of mistakes. Probably the worst one – I would say they tie. It’s either when I didn’t move fast enough on something, or I didn’t take a big enough risk.
  5. I learned to always take on things I’d never done before.
  6. I make time to exercise. It’s not being indulgent. I think it’s got a lot to do with your ability to manage properly and stay focused. There’s no doubt about that.
  7. I ask everyone’s opinion when they don’t speak up. And then when they have an opinion, I’ll ask others to talk about it.
  8. Don’t let others define you. Define yourself.
  9. Never love something so much that you can’t let go of it.
  10. One of the most important things for any leader is to never let anyone else define who you are. And you define who you are. I never think of myself as being a woman CEO of this company. I think of myself as a steward of a great institution.
  11. Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.
  12. If you’re clear on what you believe, you have a great foundation to go make a market.

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