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Women Leaders Offer Insight
In a cover story by Newsweek a few weeks past entitled “How Women Lead," 12 leaders offered their insight into life and leadership. Below are the first six. Tomorrow the next six.

“You should be surrounded by people who you respect and admire and who know more than you know. You cannot be expert in everything.”
Judith Jamison, Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

“You need to be supportive of your people because leading is about serving. That's not a girly thing; it's what I believe a strong leader does.”
Judith Shapiro, President, Barnard College

“I look to hire people who I think have the potential to take my job at some point. I firmly believe that you need to hire people who have leadership qualities and who are ambitious enough to want to soak up and learn everything you can teach them.”
Susan Lyne, President and CEO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

“Nobody's perfect. But you can create a perfect team if you celebrate what people do well and complement them with people who have different talents. If you celebrate what people do well, it's like giving them oxygen, and they perform way beyond your expectations.”
Maria Elena Lagomasino, Former chairman and CEO, JP Morgan Private Bank

“Everyone has to develop a style that they are comfortable with. I think it's very possible to be nice and generous and courteous and really helpful to the people around you while still being firm when necessary. When I have a strong opinion about something, I assert it.”
Sharon Allen, Chairman of the board, Deloitte & Touche USA

"You have to know where you want to go. Women take criticism more to heart than men, and I think that can be a problem.”
Alison Estabrook, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital

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