Our guest today is Åsa Lidén, ex-Spotify executive, experienced tech leader, and now the COO of Pitch.
In this episode, we explored Åsa's journey from her first leadership experience as a volleyball coach, then starting off as a QA engineer, to pursuing her passion in tech and becoming the VP of engineering at Spotify, ultimately making a career transition and joining Pitch’s Operations team. We also discussed the unique aspects of building and scaling remote-first culture, and what it is truly like to be the female leader in today’s settings while advocating for what you truly believe in.
Through personal stories, tips and tricks on career advancement, and years of leadership experience, Åsa shares her perspective on what it takes to become a successful female leader, how to build a plan when you feel like you don’t have certainty on your goals, what it truly takes to become a leader, and the importance of balancing authenticity, and empathy to build an inclusive culture.
Connect with Åsa on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/%C3%A5sa-lid%C3%A9n-b8613b10/
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Things you learn in this episode:
How to land career opportunities that matter
How to balance being your authentic self at work with cultural differences, creating a mutual understanding
How to be a good leader even if you are not an expert in the room
Why the key to being a good leader is extreme ownership and willingness to take responsibility both when things are in and outside of your control
The importance of courage and taking action to get things done