Q&A: Ripple’s Sendi Young on the attributes of a ‘strong’ leader

Ellie Duncan
22 Feb 2023

Sendi Young, Ripple’s Europe MD, reveals the qualities that she believes make a “strong” leader ahead of the Women in Open Banking meet-up.

What are you looking forward to most about the first WiOB meet-up?

Finding inspiration and perspective in others’ career journeys.

In 20 words or less, what does ‘leadership’ mean to you?

Serving your team/followers, helping them unlock roadblocks and enabling them to achieve what they thought was impossible.

Sendi Young

Ripple’s Sendi Young

Why is cultivating your leadership skills so vital, regardless of experience or long-term ambition?

Leadership skills allow you to live your life to the fullest – regardless of your specific job, experiences, personal or professional ambitions. Leadership starts with sound self-awareness and self-management.

Most people miss how much internal work leadership requires. Strong leaders, first and foremost, lead themselves well. They can set clear, measurable, inspiring goals for themselves that align with their values and core. They can identify and allocate resources to achieve these goals.

And through that, they change the world for the better – not only by achieving their goals, but also by setting a positive example and influence for their families, colleagues, friends and society at large.

What would you like attendees to take away from your session at the meet-up?

Leadership starts with knowing and leading yourself.

Sendi Young is taking part in a fireside chat with Holly Coventry, VP international Open Banking payments at American Express at the Women in Open Banking meet-up on 1 March, in London. Find out more about the agenda and how to register here.