What does female leadership mean to you?
Female leadership means the empowerment of women. This is important to me because it balances power structures within businesses and ensures that the perspectives and experiences of women are taken into account and valued in the decision-making process.
What part does gender play within the textile industry and have you seen any changes?
Traditionally, certain skills in the textile industry have been linked to a specific gender, but at Kvadrat we make try to make sure that there is a balance. For example, in the design and development phase of our textiles, we collaborate with a diverse group of designers and artists from all over the world, which translates to a diverse collection in terms of colour, structure, feel and look.
What impact does female leadership have at Kvadrat?
At Kvadrat, women make up 44% of our management positions. This leadership fosters an environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and ensures that we have a broader perspective on subjects in both our daily work and when taking strategic decisions.
What are leadership qualities that you admire?
I like all four of Kvadrat’s leadership qualities – ‘invent, execute, grow, engage’ - but I particularly like our value of 'grow', because I believe it is important to inspire our team to explore the possibilities for personal and professional development. We encourage employees to take on new challenges, acquire new knowledge, and develop their capabilities. This applies to all employees, even those in senior positions, as we are all on a journey of continuous learning.
What are you most proud of accomplishing at Kvadrat?
I am very proud to work with such strong teams of women across the different brands in our Kvadrat Group, to ensure that we produce high quality and high-performance products, which in turn guarantees that each product has a long lifetime.
Who is a female leader that you admire?
I admire the Danish politician and European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager for her courage and the way in which she effectively conveys her message. She has been instrumental in promoting fair competition, holding on to the European values and advocating consumer interests.
How do we encourage more women to take up leadership positions?
At Kvadrat we make sure that women have equal access to education, training and development opportunities, and we encourage, support and mentor women on this path. For example, our High Potential Programme has a 50% split between men and women.