Women in Leadership Series: Director, Cíara Moore

On March 8th 2019, International Women’s Day (#IWD2019) will be celebrated with the campaign #BalanceforBetter; calling for a more gender-balanced world. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in leadership roles. I asked a number of female leaders to answer a series of questions about their experiences to share with you right here on the Ad Florem blog.

In this interview, we meet Cíara, Director and Founder of Female Leaders At 50 and beyond. Read our Women in Leadership Interview Series to meet the other interviewees.

Cíara is Irish and started working from school in fashion retail, moving to travel. This is where she learned on the shop floor and in travel abroad, how to run a business and work with people. She eventually moved to England and started working in the NHS in finance. Cíara has spent 27 years in the NHS working predominantly in operational and change management roles moving through to Executive level. She has a Masters in Leadership and is currently working on her PHD.

In August 2018, she set up the network ‘Female Leaders At 50’ due to a realisation that women at 50 where entering a pivotal time of their lives and had a richness and experience to offer back to younger women. The network also acts as a conduit to share information and support women at this stage of life.

Our motto is Stay Curious, Network, Share.

Cíara, thank you for taking part in our Women in Leadership series. Tell us, what are the skills that you have that make you well suited to your role?

I am a natural problem solver and have kept an eternal curiosity approach to all encounters.

Can you share one leadership lesson you have learned in your career?

Leadership is supportive, challenging and creating a safe environment for people to grow and be empowered.

Can you share one leadership lesson you have learned in your career?

Surround yourself with people who are better than you; and a ‘no’ is better than a ‘maybe’ as you can work from a ‘no.’

Who inspires you, and why?

I am hugely inspired by other women and men from all walks of life, from a friend who is a stay at home mother, to a fearless mountain climbing friend and some high flying Executives.

How do you balance work and life responsibilities? Do you have any practical tips?

Often not very well. However as I have got older I recognise I need to  ensure I stay fit. So I walk a lot and I set myself three fitness challenges a year. Last year I undertook a 100k walk London to Brighton and climbed Ben Nevis at night. This year I am running a 25k on the Isle of Wight and undertaking the national three peaks challenge.

Describe yourself in three words

Extrovert, enthusiastic, and resilient.

Have you ever suffered with ‘imposter syndrome’? What does it mean to you?

Daily 🙂 I am old enough though to recognise it also drives me, and if I didn’t have it, I may not have overstretched myself in my career.

What challenges have you faced in your leadership career, and what tips do you have for how to overcome them?

Dealing with cognitive dissonance in teams and ensuring teams hear and understand that they are behaving in this way. I challenge by offering an open conversation and I act as a critical friend. If that does not work, I do have to come back with the facts and figures.

What’s an accomplishment that you are proudest of?

Most recently setting up my Female Leaders at 50 network. The response has been amazing and I look forward to growing the network with a fabulous group of women like Andrea and men.

What does gender balance in the workplace mean to you?

Equality for men and women.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for aspiring female leaders? Or just for leaders in general if you prefer.

 I will pull one of my favourite quotes

“If not now, when, if not you, then who?”

Do you have anything else that you would like to include in the interview?

Women need to support each other as they move through life, we are so much stronger together. If we teach sisterhood to our daughters and the respect for women to our sons through their fathers, we will address equality in later years.

How to find Cíara online

Cíara Moore, Drector

Moore Associates Cambridge Limited

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Read our Women in Leadership Interview Series to meet the other interviewees.

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