As we introduce ourselves to Kate Duchene at her office in Irvine, California, her description of her “servant” style of leadership, which she gave in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, comes to mind. There’s a rapport between her and her receptionist—a genuine warmth behind their exchanges.
Little wonder: Duchene may see her role as that of servant, but as a female CEO who has assembled a senior executive team comprised equally of men and women, she’s also a beacon. And the message she’s transmitting to other women is simple: You can do this.
“It actually started with our founder, Don Murray” says Duchene, deflecting the attention away from herself for a moment. “I have a lot of gratitude for him because he recognised the power of women in business; of having different perspectives around the table when you’re trying to solve problems. He really laid the foundation. What I’ve done is encourage women to raise their hand for a position before they think they’re ready and to overcome the feeling that they’re an imposter.”