As South Africa celebrates Women’s Day 2023, Annelize van Rensburg, global Chair of Signium and Director of Executive Search at Signium Africa; Michelle Moss, Director, Assessments at Signium Africa; along with Signium Africa’s client, Sheila Motsepe, Group Executive: Human Capital, Development Bank of Southern Africa, shared their experience, strength and hope for women leaders in business.
Speaking on Women’s Day, it’s clear that all three leaders believe that the common belief that women are more risk-averse than men still exists, but impacts business women in different ways.
Says Van Rensburg, “As mothers and natural caretakers, women may be somewhat more risk averse than men, as their first thought would be for their children. However, we must ask if this is nature or nurture as there are always exceptions to the rule.”
Moss concurs, noting that risk aversion is a character trait that can’t be ascribed to one gender or another. “If we remove all those who are inherently risk averse by nature, we will likely see a very different picture.”
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