Angélica Garza, Liliana Cabeza, Angelines Diez, and Tere Cid (Courtesy)

Some of the female leaders who appear in the most recent ranking of the 100 most powerful businesswomen in Mexico say they’ve achieved this status because they’re decisive, clear about their priorities, and seize opportunities without feeling 100% certain.

“There’s no magic formula. But there are essential ingredients that have always helped me. I believe in myself and seize opportunities even when I’m not 100% prepared. Teamwork is always important to me and I’m passionate about all my projects,” says Angelines Diez, who holds 26th place on the list.

Diez is President of El Globo, La Balance, and El Molino at Grupo Bimbo and holds a degree in Marketing from Tec de Monterrey. She mentions that it’s important to be very clear about your priorities at work.

In comments written for TecReview, Angelines says it’s important to “listen (a lot) and understand before acting.”

Expansión recently published its annual list of the 100 most important women in the world of business, which considers variables such as the hierarchical and pay levels of these female executives.

“Sometimes you don’t feel 100% certain,” agrees Liliana Cabeza, Commercial Director for Philip Morris.

However, “when I’m given a new assignment, I do my homework. I learn and try to deliver results fast,” explains Cabeza, who holds 82nd place on Expansión magazine’s list.

When asked about her strategy for becoming one of the most powerful businesswomen, she says that you should first be clear about your goals and what you want out of life.

Strong teams

The most powerful women have also reached their positions by supporting themselves with work teams that play to different strengths.

For Angelines Diez, teamwork is essential to setting the best course in her division of Bimbo.

Angélica Garza, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Grupo Aeroméxico, holds 44th place on the ranking of the most powerful women. She feels it’s vital to hire the best people.

“I need professionals with better capabilities than mine, who have unique talents, and are motivated and passionate about change and improvement,” says this Tec de Monterrey graduate in Organizational Psychology.

When asked how she became one of the most powerful women, Garza said, “By doing what I’m passionate about. When I’ve decided to work at a company, it’s never been about the money. It’s about the challenge and the project to be implemented.”

Laura Castro, Finance Director for Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America at Ford Mexico, believes she’s on the list of the 100 most powerful women because she’s a leader who’s used to encouraging participation.

“When I was assigned my first leadership position, I understood that in order to stand out I would need to surround myself with allies who would help me enhance my abilities and show me my areas of opportunity and how to overcome them,” she says.

A Tec de Monterrey graduate in Financial Management, Laura Castro says it was clear from the outset of her career that if she wanted to stand out, she would have to perform her duties without fear, trusting in her knowledge and capabilities. “This makes you feel more comfortable from the moment you define strategic plans, propose new business models, or impose standards and internal procedures,” she says.

Complications and learning

The most powerful women find it rewarding to tackle challenges.

Tere Cid, Public Relations and Communications Director at General Motors Mexico, says that the hardest thing in her career has been continuing to challenge herself when she feels she’s in her comfort zone.

“It’s sometimes easier to keep doing the things you’ve always done, but innovating has always provided me with good experiences and taught me things,” says Cid, who holds 63rd place on the ranking of powerful women, as well as a degree in Communication Sciences from Tec de Monterrey.

In her case, Liliana Cabeza says that one of the biggest complications she’s faced in her career was when she had to decide to go to the Dominican Republic with her 3 children. “It was something of a personal and professional watershed. It was the hardest part of my life and it taught me a lot.”

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