28 Jan 2022

Podcast: Elisabete Ramalho, The Best Leader You Can Be

Elisabete Ramalho is an international executive with 20 years of experience in digital transformation, technology, manufacturing and consumer goods, who is currently active as an industry lead at Google.

Listen to this podcast episode here

Elisabete's maternal grandparents were a big inspiration for her. They ran a successful bakery in a small town in Portugal during the 50s and travelled all over the world. Elisabete's grandparents taught her the value of working hard and of staying humble, and also of intimately knowing the needs of each of your clients — they knew everyone's name and order as soon as they walked through the door.

During her career Elisabete has formed a clear opinion on what it takes to be a good leader. According to her, a good leader:

  • Allows their team members to co-create the company strategy;
  • Is always ready to acknowledge they're wrong, and always eager to learn;
  • Focuses on a person's strengths when giving feedback;
  • Avoids biased language and promotes diversity in hiring;
  • Makes people feel comfortable enough to speak up, and gives credit where credit is due.

At Google, good leadership is measured by cross checking someone's annual performance review with employee retention, talent acquisition and team satisfaction rates.

About The Podcast

About us We are a nonprofit on a mission to promote and advance entrepreneurship in Switzerland. In Switzerland the common definition of success is completing university and getting a well paid, stable corporate job. Starting your own venture or joining a startup is typically not encouraged and starting a venture that fails is viewed as a black mark on your resume.

As the global economy changes and as technology alters the kind of jobs that are available to people, we believe that it’s critical that young Swiss people have a more open and adaptable view towards their careers. We think helping to instill a more entrepreneurial mindset into Swiss youth is critical to Switzerland’s ability to compete in the global economy.

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