An Interview with 5 Powerful Women

 

Today is the annual “International Women’s Day”. There is no doubt about the contribution of women to society and the family. However, today, women have also encountered major challenges in the switching of various social roles.

As an international education group with a 25-year history, EtonHouse International Education Group provides many job opportunities for women, and the proportion of women in the EtonHouse management team is also very high. These outstanding women are making their efforts to show “The power of women”!

Five female managers and principals in EtonHouse shared their unique features and hidden success with us. They talked about how women can empower themselves in the workplace and provide valuable advice to parents of girls in how to develop their leadership skills.

* Sort by the first letter of the English name.

 

Catherine Tao
EtonHouse International Education Group
Jiangsu General Manager

Q1:As a female leader, what do you think about the power of women at work and how to utilize their strengths to become strong leaders in the workplace?

I think female leadership and advantages are mainly reflected in three aspects:

1. Women have better listening and affinity skills.

2. The posture of female leaders is softer, and soft posture can increase the empathetic connections between team members and make company management more humane.

3. Female leaders have better tolerance and endurance for errors and difficulties. Female leaders are willing to stand from the perspective of coping and solving and create a positive working atmosphere. Excellent female leaders need to be aware of their career positioning and complement each other with male leaders.

Q2:As an educator, what advice would you give to parents with girls on girl’s leadership development?

Years of education experience tells me that nurturing girls not only needs to pay attention to their appearance but also to focus on internal cultivation. It is essential to develop children’s hobbies and build up their self-confidence; encourage children to discover and appreciate the beautiful characters of their friends; challenge children to express their ideas, nurture their thoughts and scopes and take children to join different occasions, encouraging children to participate in stage performances so that they have a broad view. Parents should give girls opportunities to make independent decisions, and at the same time, let them express their own opinions so that they can learn to be independent and also be attentive to other people’s opinions.

I hope every girl can develop her leadership skills!

 

Mrs. Grainne O’Reilly
EtonHouse International Education Group
Executive Principal of EtonHouse International Schools

Q1:As a female leader, what do you think about the power of women at work and how to utilize their strengths to become strong leaders in the workplace?

A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everyone else. Encouraging women, coaching them, supporting them and mentoring them through every stage of their development is vital. The pressures on women, whether placed upon them by society, family, biology or the notions of gender call for a multi-faceted approach to both life and work. Understanding this and facilitating other women in fulfilling these myriad roles is not only necessary in order to inspire and operate a fully functioning and constantly evolving team, but, in my opinion (and practice) is a sacred and all- important duty. Women hold up more than half the sky. We need to support and lift each other up, allowing all women, in whatever their roles to be the absolute best they can be.

Q2:As an educator, what advice would you give to parents with girls on girl’s leadership development?

As an educator and indeed, as a mother myself of three girls, my focus has always been on understanding each individual child and encouraging her to be a risk-taker. Making mistakes, finding one’s way in life, becoming independent, developing grit and finding one’s passion should be the route for all children through life, supported by parents who are open-minded, loving, willing to see the child as a unique individual and indeed, willing to question society’s norms and expectations, themselves.

Parents are children’s first and most enduring teachers. What we do as parents, the attitudes and language we espouse, the time we take to interact, to listen and to understand our girls as individuals; that is what moulds and strengthens our daughters, making them believe that anything is possible with hard work, perseverance and commitment.

It takes a strong woman to raise a strong girl and as the saying goes: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” Until women, universally, are truly considered equal and free, there will be no other true freedom.

 

Judy Zheng
EtonHouse International Education Group
Jiangsu Executive Principal

Q1:As a female leader, what do you think about the power of women at work and how to utilize their strengths to become strong leaders in the workplace?

First of all, the gentle and firm leadership of female leaders can bring more tenacity and loyalty when they lead a team. Women’s ability to empathize can drive and coordinate teams and create an atmosphere and spirit of understanding and respect. Secondly, women’s attention to detail enables us to see more hidden and complex signs, so as to make more appropriate decisions. Although female leaders are often considered emotional, they are actually very rational and logical. Female leaders are pragmatic, they have the courage to face failure. With such courage, miracles can happen!

Q2:As an educator, what advice would you give to parents with girls on girl’s leadership development?

If you are lucky enough to be a girl’s parent, please cherish her beautiful and lovely childhood, and cultivate her unique character in every part of life, then she will become a star that will draw people’s attention. Here are some suggestions for you:

  1. Cultivate children’s interest in reading. A well-read and cultured girl will have innovative thinking!
  1. The girl who is dedicated is reliable! Let your daughter know that it’s not easy to do every little thing well. A small thing done seriously is a big thing achieved. Don’t give up, we can see each step left on the road as we going ahead!
  1. Know how to care for others, it can help children to have a warm heart.
  1. Girls who know how to cooperate and share have great wisdom! In the details of life, let children know the joy of sharing. Even the smallest action can win the most precious things.
  1. People will admire and respect a girl with a modest, gentle, and elegant temperament. A modest attitude enables you to gain more and learn A peaceful attitude to treat people; this is a valuable kind of moral character, but also shows strong confidence.

 

Liao Lili
EtonHouse International Education Group
General Manager of South-West Region

Q1:As a female leader, what do you think about the power of women at work and how to utilize their strengths to become strong leaders in the workplace?

As women, we play many roles in life and we have to pursue a balance between family and life. During the process of pursuit, we can easily feel fearful, anxious, emotional or have self-doubt and self denial. Before we start this topic, first of all, I think women should be more self-affirming in the workplace. Don’t look down upon yourself, instead, be proud and be focused on work. Regarding female leadership and advantages in the workplace, I think:

  1. Learn to express your own needs in a soft way, show your charisma of tough and gentle leadership, also learn to adapt to the word “strong”. The core of management is to manage people. We have to pay attention and care for people, and this is one of the advantages of being a Especially at EtonHouse, it is a company built by a group of great women. From the founder to the employees, the management team of the EtonHouse family has become more humane because we understand each other better. At EtonHouse, work and family are integrated and naturally balanced. Everyone is friendly and united and full of tolerance. Thanks to the unique caring company culture and warm atmosphere, our teachers treat every child with love and understanding from the heart.
  1. Women tends to be more detail orientated, with patience, and with a sense of responsibilit Women pay more attention to details and they are meticulous. At the same time, they are resilient. With an inherent sense of responsibility, women have a strong sense of risk control in the workplace, and think more carefully than men do. Women are good at learning, can manage work-family with balance, explore internal and external resources, and are good at discovering available talents. I wish all women could achieve a happy life through their efforts.

Q2:As an educator, what advice would you give to parents with girls on girl’s leadership development?

As an educator, I suggest parents help their children to learn to set up goals, and to cultivate the ability of independent thinking and innovation. Parents encourage girls to step forward and develop their ability to express themselves, learn to communicate and negotiate, to be brave, and to inspire others. Find a career model and strive to become like her; learn to smile and to behave appropriately with a good attitude.

“Among the crowd, they behave appropriately, they are good at communication, brave and confident, polite and orderly, radiating light.” These are the common compliments we hear from top educators towards our EtonHouse children over the years.

 

Lucy Qu
EtonHouse International Education Group
Shandong Executive Principal

Q1:As a female leader, what do you think about the power of women at work and how to utilize their strengths to become strong leaders in the workplace?

As a female leader, I think that listening and observation are our strengths. Since we work in early childhood education, at EtonHouse, we believe in the importance of listening and observing. It works the same way when we work with staff and parents. Listening will inspire us to learn from different perspectives, challenge new strategies, and do a good job in child-centered teaching. Employees and parents have their living environment and life experience, and listening will promote better resource sharing, plus sharing of ideas and skills. Through observation, we understand why people do what they want to do, and construct our understanding of children, parents, and colleagues. Observation will make everyone more connected, and let everyone in our community feel that they belong, are happy and are members of this community.

Q2:As an educator, what advice would you give to parents with girls on girl’s leadership development?

As an educator, I think that bilingual reading is the key for all girls to understand the unknown world. Reading allows girls to think deeper and develop a broader vision. During the reading process, we use language as a tool to understand the world from different angles. In understanding the world, we can make our contributions to the community both locally and globally.

 

They are tender,

They are hardworking,

They impart knowledge,

They are innovative,

They are not so strong, but they are strong enough to change the world!

 


This page was last edited on March 23, 2021