Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

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Author Profession: French Politician
Born: January 01, 1956
Age: 60 years old
Birth Sign: Capricorn

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You know, when I sit in meetings and things are very tense and people take things extremely seriously and they invest a lot of their ego, I sometimes think to myself, 'Come on, you know, there's life and there's death and there is love.' And all of that ego business is nonsense compared to that.

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.

I'm not in the business of reading tea leaves. I don't have a crystal ball.

Every day, you have to prove yourself and convince - move forward and challenge yourself. And doubt all the time.

As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax.

I hate to say there are female and male ways of dealing with power, because I think each of us has a male and a female part. But based on my own experience, women will tend to be inclusive, to reach out more, to care a little more.

The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.

I know this is economic jargon, but essentially, if you bring more women to the job market, you create value, it makes economic sense, and growth is improved. There are countries where it's almost a no-brainer: Korea, Japan, soon to be China, certainly Germany, Italy. Why? Because they have an aging population.

If female were working in the same proportion as men do, the level of GDP would be up 27 percent in a country like India, but also up 9 percent in Japan and up 5 percent in the United States of America. It's not just a moral issue, not just a philosophical issue. It just makes economic sense.

Markets love volatility.

I guess economists, it's a bit like scientists; you have definitely fewer women in that field.

I learned that you can constantly improve, and that you should not be shy about your views, and about the direction that you believe is right.

I look under the skin of countries' economies, and I help them make better decisions and be stronger, to prosper and create employment.

I love cooking. Not for myself alone. Cooking is about giving.

It's become my brand in a way, you know, speaking the truth even though it was not politically correct.

Gender-dominated environments are not good... particularly in the financial sector where there are too few women. In gender-dominated environments, men have a tendency to... show how hairy chested they are, compared with the man who's sitting next to them. I honestly think that there should never be too much testosterone in one room.

It's a question of not so much pushing the boys out of the picture, but making the whole frame bigger so that both men and women access the labor market, contribute to the economy, generate growth, have jobs, and so on.

Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don't deserve you.

Regulation is necessary, particularly in a sector, like the banking sector, which exposes countries and people to a risk.

I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time. Because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.

The only thing that I can do is know that I have great confidence in raising children and being a great mother. Cheryl Tiegs

I always loved acting and improv and sketch comedy and theater, which I did at a local youth theater. Emma Stone age

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