What made her inspirational was her ability to push me through boundaries I didn’t even realise I had, making it seem natural and easy to turn the impossible, possible. She role modelled behaviours such as integrity, self-belief and an immense drive to succeed as part of a team - not on her own – all of which really resonated with me then and still do today, ten years later.
Regardless of the challenges that were thrown at her and the times people tried to undermine her in public, she stuck to her guns and refused to be drawn into, quite frankly, some of the less pleasant (but sometimes the necessary) part of any job – the office politics. She was very aware of them and could explain at length what position anyone would take in a discussion before it even happened. I often wondered if she were a great chess player outside of work, but I never got the chance to ask – but she was never, ever drawn into the politics or taking sides, professional integrity intact. That’s what made her inspirational, not the fact she was female.
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