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#03 Sandra Zemke – Focus on strengths

By Katrin Grunwald

Sandra is a former consultant and works at a large DAX company in Germany. In our interview we talk about: Her leadership journey from an IT project manager motivating people in a big matrix organisation without a hierarchical responsibility to her first leadership role managing right away 25 team members spread across 3 countries. What supported her in this challenge: the importance of sponsors, peer support and how a coaching and team development workshops at the beginning helped her to have more impact. Concrete tips for first-time leaders on how to structure your routines between operational topics as well as leadership responsibilities enabling all of your team members time with you Sandra’s leadership style is very much focused on strengths which impacts how she tackles also “challenging” team members with authenticity Lastly, we speak about what Sandra does for her own development as leader and what being brave and actively contacting possible C-level mentors via LinkedIn has to do with it!

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