It’s been quite the year for female leaders. A 2015 Pew Research article shows that the number of female leaders worldwide has doubled since 2005, and Forbes’ list of the most powerful women includes leaders who sit at the helm of industries from politics, to music, to technology, to philanthropy. Women in leadership positions are a steadily growing sector of our workforce, and have provided insight, direction, and strategy to companies and cultures around the globe.
In support of their progress and as a source of inspiration, we’ve compiled some of women leaders’ best quotes of 2015. Here’s what they had to say:
“What I’ve learned, first of all, is to live your values. It’s easy to put words on paper. [But} what we have to do is demonstrate our values.“
Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
“If you want your team to stay relevant, lead your team into the unknown.”
Liz Wiseman, bestselling author, former Oracle Corporation Executive, and CEO of The Wiseman Group
On achieving greatness…
“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”
Sheryl Sandberg, author, activist, and COO of Facebook
“You will be the disrupter should you choose to do it… Instead of being disrupted, you can be the disrupter.”
Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman and CEO
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx and one of America’s richest self-made women
These powerful quotes are some of our favorite inspiration for the year ahead. Looking back at 2015, female leaders have focused on the importance of values, perseverance, and fearlessness—traits we can all embrace to make 2016 our best year yet.