If you happen to see a lady with short blonde curly hair riding a bike around Zurich in a colorful business attire, don’t be surprised if it ends up being the Mayor of Zurich Corine Mauch!
I am delighted and proud to have had the opportunity to interview the Mayor of Zurich Corine Mauch as part of my Women Leaders series!
Corine Mauch, in office since 2009 is the first female and first openly gay person to be elected Mayor of the city. I mention these facts not because in my opinion they are extraordinary but more because it is a First in Zurich and also because in Switzerland, women gained the right to vote only in 1979! So quite a big leap in such a short time.
Mrs Mauch’s policies and dedication have elevated the satisfaction factor of the city’s residents as well as its financial standing – her efforts and those of her partners have contributed to Zurich becoming more and more a cosmopolitan and thriving city, not only in Banking but also in High Tech, Urbanization, Sustainability, Art and Culture.
Since my move to Zurich, the city has consistently evolved and grown. Things I couldn’t find in stores at first are now sold everywhere, new neighbourhoods are popping left and right as are restaurants and events. For such a small city, Zurich plays quite a “Big League” game!
Thank you Mrs. Corine Mauch for making time in your busy schedule to answer our questions on leadership!
What was your dream job as a kid and why?
Pottery designer. Because of the combination of creative work and creating something hands-on for everyday use.
Define a political leader. What are some traits you think great leaders possess?
It is important to have a clear and compelling vision for the future. Great achievement however is the result of working together with committed people who share your vision, setting targets and goals and pursue them step by step.
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
It’s the same in every field where gender equality has not been established yet: An outdated image of women and a lack of better solutions to balance family and career.
What is one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career?
What woman inspires you and why?
Marie Curie. She believed in what she did and pursued her goal with dedication and passion.
What is the One thing you want to achieve more than anything before your term is over?
I want to contribute my share to make sure that our city is ready for the future. I want Zürich to be an open and diverse city that shows solidarity with others. And I want to achieve this together with the people who live and work here.
Have you ever failed? What did you learn from it?
In my work, it’s not about success or failure. It’s about progress towards a better future for our city and its residents. Progress needs a goal you want to achieve and stamina to go for it step by step.
What advice will you give the younger you?
The same advice I give to young women in general: Have the heart to be courageous and to go for what you want. It’s worth it!
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