Sharon Bird

Sharron Bird

Director

Adelaide Procurement Pty Ltd

What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?

The biggest challenge I faced earlier in my career was trying to be one of the boys/men. I started my career in the Royal Airforce and women had to be equal to men, mentally and physically, which wasn't always possible.  I did not understand then the importance of diversity and uniqueness, therefore I spent more time and energy trying to be the same as everyone else.

Who has inspired you (male or female)?

I am inspired by many different people at different levels in all areas of life.  I think anyone who can stand up to what they believe, work hard and smart and do good for others are inspirational.  

What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?

To be comfortable with your own strengths and uniqueness, and to be braver and not to hold yourself back because you're scared of not being able to achieve or deliver (don't be a self-blocker).

What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?

Being true to yourself, knowing your strengths and knowing where you need to develop, having set goals and achieving them, networking, taking a calculated risk approach, being assertive when required and being resilient.

A good leader is someone who develops, supports and empowers their teams, can articulate the vision/objections, is honest, approachable and has high emotional intelligence.

Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life?

YOLO (you only live once) - be brave, say yes to opportunities that you may be scared to accept, push yourself out of your comfort zone because this is the only way to grow.

What do you #ChooseToChallenge?

I choose to challenge by calling out gender bias, discrimination and Stereotyping.  I will support all in achieving an inclusive and more gender-equal world with education, being non bais, encouraging and supporting others.

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