Five minutes with Esmare Weideman


1) What are the five challenges facing you as a woman in a leadership position? Usually it is the ‘guilt complex’. Women are forever feeling guilty about not being able to give as much attention to their families as they’d like to, because of their careers.

2) How have you overcome that challenge? I understand that guilt is a useless emotion. I have found it very liberating to explain to my children how much I enjoy my work and that I do it because I want to. They get that.

3) What is your secret to creating a balance and not burning out? I have a great support system. My partner has always understood my work and is very supportive and assists at home when it’s needed. I also, have a good team that works for me. I have learned that we must regularly thank the people who allow you to follow you dreams and have a fulfilling career.

4) Who is your role model and what qualities do you draw from him or her that enables you to lead as a woman? My mother has always been one of my strongest role models. She is a superwoman – running her entire household without help, holding down a demanding career and even doing most of her own gardening. She is amazing.

5) What’s your dream for South Africa women? My dream for women in South Africa is a society without violence.

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