5 female leaders on building and developing teams

Teamwork and collaboration are essential to success and innovation. But not all teams are created equal. 

Here are five sound bites from highly successful women on building a team: 

"Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about."

"I realized in all the cases where I was happy with the decision I made, there were two common threads: Surround myself with the smartest people who challenge you to think about things in new ways, and do something you are not ready to do so you can learn the most."

  • Marissa Mayer, co-founder of Lumi Labs, former president and CEO of Yahoo!, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times

"I try to stay in touch through town hall meetings and by communicating a lot. And just as my teammates in basketball thought about how we could maximize and play to each of our best skills, I now look at my business team and think about everyone's talents, and whether someone needs a new role to perform better."

  • Gail Boudreaux, president and CEO of Anthem, in an interview with ForbesWoman

"Some people are natural-born leaders. Some people can be great leaders with the right training. Some people are better as individual contributors. Looking at them from above, it's very hard to tell who fits in what category. But the people who work for them can tell you."

  • Mary Barra, chair and CEO of General Motors, in an interview with Esquire

"We've found that employees who live full, happy lives tend to be the most effective contributors."

  • Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway, in an interview with Forbes

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