“To me, leadership is about encouraging people. It’s about stimulating them. It’s about enabling them to achieve what they can achieve – and to do that with a purpose.”

Christine Lagarde is a consistent face of French politics, having held various positions in the Government of France including the Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industry until 2011. Since late 2019, Lagarde has held the position of President of the European Central Bank, making her a dominant figure in the economy of Europe. She provides inspiration for women all over the globe who aspire to take part in politics.

Nationality: France

Industry: Politics and Government

Q: Why is that important to Americans, if the European Union thrives? CBS 60 Minutes

A: “If things go wrong in one part of the world, it is going to affect the rest of the world as well. We buy American products in huge quantities. The United States buys European products in huge quantities. Massive numbers of European firms have set up shops in the US. Vice-versa. We penetrate each other’s markets.”