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Q&A with Sabrina Ben Salmi

Exclusive Trusted Magazine Q&A with Sabrina Ben Salmi, Dreaming Big Together Founder

How could you describe your career path in few words?

My career path is diverse and multifaceted, spanning across various industries and sectors. As a RSA fellow, UN Women U.K. delegate, author, publisher, coach, mentor, and influencer, I have established myself as a thought leader and advocate for families, women and social impact. My entrepreneurial spirit is evident through my success in raising five children who have become entrepreneurs, publishers, authors, climate activists, multiple award winners themselves.

Additionally, I have founded Dreaming Big Together Publishing, The Ben Salmi Family Schools Tour and tours for corporates and brands, demonstrating your ability to create and implement innovative ideas. My overarching goal is to make a significant social impact, and your diverse range of experiences and expertise allows you to approach this goal from multiple angles.

What was your most challenging experience and it has changed your mindset?

Based on my career path and experiences I have faced some challenges such as:

  1. Balancing multiple roles: With a diverse range of roles, including being a mother, author, publisher, coach, and founder, it can be challenging to balance multiple responsibilities and priorities.

  2. Overcoming gender barriers: As an advocate for women and families, you may have faced challenges in overcoming gender barriers and promoting gender equality in various industries and sectors.

  3. Scaling your businesses: Scaling up your business ventures, such as Dreaming Big Together Publishing and The Ben Salmi Family Schools Tour, may have presented challenges in terms of funding, staffing, and logistics.

  4. Navigating social and political issues: As an influencer with a desire to make a social impact, you may have faced challenges in navigating complex social and political issues while staying true to your values and goals.

My most challenging experience was not having the loving support of extended family and at team at the start of my career. 

When you get surprised by unusual or uncertain context, what do you think?

As a diverse and multifaceted individual with a broad range of experiences and expertise, when faced with surprises by unusual or uncertain context, I tend to approach the situation with a flexible and adaptable mindset. I draw upon the wisdom of my mentors and past experiences to help guide my decision-making and problem-solving processes, while also being open to new ideas and perspectives.

Additionally, I leverage my network and resources to gather information and insights, and work collaboratively with others to find creative solutions. Overall, my ability to think critically, creatively, and adaptively likely allows me to navigate unexpected challenges and opportunities with confidence and resilience.

Based on your experience, what’s the key success factor for a female leader / manager?

Based on my experience as a thought leader and advocate for women and families, some key success factors for a female leader or manager could include:

  1. Confidence and assertiveness: Being confident and assertive in your decision-making and communication can help establish credibility and respect from others.

  2. Resilience and adaptability: Being able to navigate unexpected challenges and changes with a resilient and adaptable mindset can help you stay focused on your goals and continue to make progress.

  3. Strategic thinking: Being able to think strategically and anticipate trends and changes can help you make informed decisions and stay ahead of the competition.

  4. Effective communication and collaboration: Being able to communicate effectively and collaborate with others, both within and outside of your organization, can help you build strong relationships and achieve shared goals.

  5. Embracing diversity and inclusion: Being inclusive and valuing diversity can help you attract and retain top talent, foster innovation, and create a positive and supportive work environment.

  6. Lifelong learning and growth mindset: Being committed to lifelong learning and having a growth mindset can help you continue to develop your skills and stay ahead of the curve.

These success factors are not limited to female leaders and managers, but they are particularly important for women who may face unique challenges and biases in leadership roles.

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