Leading Women
Leading Women
Sep 11, 2022
Josephine Sukkar AM, Principal, Buildcorp on staying relevant at the coalface of business while mentoring the next generation of women.
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Josephine Sukkar AM, Principal, Buildcorp on staying relevant at the coalface of business while mentoring the next generation of women. Josephine shares an insightful story on service-based leadership and sage advice for women embarking on their own journey.


Key Insights

(01:39) How did Josephine start her leadership journey?

Josephine’s leadership journey was not linear, she started her professional life training to be a medical research scientist but quickly found herself in construction where she’s stayed for over 35 years. Josephine got to where she is today by accepting of a series of opportunities that were presented to her from directorship roles for not-for-profit organisations to listed companies and government.

(13:58) What is Josephine’s advice for women embarking on a director’s journey?

Josephine advises to understand what is required to be an effective director on the board. It’s important to remember that most of the time you will be providing counsel, advice and direction to the CEO. Therefore you should have the experience and qualifications to enable you to give effective advice.

(24:35) What tool can Josephine share to the audience to add to their Leadership Toolbox?

Josephine shares the importance of slowing down in order to enjoy the journey. Slowing down (if you can afford to) allows you to develop deep skills by giving yourself time to develop them and is an act of kindness towards yourself.


Important Resources and Links

If you’d like to learn more about how CommBank is supporting the growth of women in business visit https://www.commbank.com.au/women-in-focus.html  

Host of the Leading Women podcast, Shivani Gopal is a serial entrepreneur, speaker and advocate on a mission to create a more equal world. She’s recognised as a leading business thought leader helping professional women navigate their careers, businesses and financial success.

As the Founder and CEO of The Remarkable Woman and Co-Founder of Upstreet, Shivani was recently awarded the 2022 NSW Excellence in Women's Leadership Award and the Top 50 Small Business Leaders award, As a dedicated advocate for gender equality and for closing the wealth gap for everyday Australians, Shivani launched “Equality 2050”; a campaign to achieve gender equality within our lifetimes. If you’re interested in learning more about Shivani visit her website: https://www.theremarkablewoman.com.au/

The Leading Women podcast is proudly brought to you by Commonwealth Bank.  The series is produced by Nicole Hatherly, recorded at RadioHub Studios with post production by Cooper Silk and Iain Wilson.


Things you should know: Guests featured in the podcast are speaking from their personal experiences only. As this podcast has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the content consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. CommBank does not necessarily endorse the views of a particular individual or guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

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