Rachel Blumenthal, a Total Retail Top Women in Retail 2018 honoree

The Leadership Styles of the Top Women in Retail 2018

By: Caitlin Sullivan

Women in Retail Leadership Circle (WIRLC) and our sister publication, Total Retail, are proud to present our eighth annual list of the Top Women in Retail. This year’s list features a who’s who of top female executives in the retail industry. Below, a select group of honorees share their answers to the question, “How would you describe your leadership style?” You can download the entire Top Women in Retail 2018 list here

“I never assume I have all the answers, but I also know when I’m needed to make the final call so we can move on.” — Kristi Argyilan, Senior Vice President, Media, Guest Engagement and Measurement, Target

“I adapt to the needs of the team and the moment. The first work of any leader is to set the conditions for success regarding priorities, timelines, resources and expected results. When a team is confident, driving the problem solving and delivering strong outcomes, I give them a lot of runway. I’ll shift to an ‘open door’ approach and focus on removing roadblocks, securing resources, and sharing the news of their great work. If a team is struggling, I’ll roll up my sleeves and get in the trenches with them until they’re in a position of strength.” — Carrie Ask, Executive Vice President and President, Global Retail, Levi Strauss & Co.

“I would describe myself as collaborative with a results-oriented mind-set. I feel it’s important to have a clear vision and goals for your brand and business, to stay focused on your customer and what’s relevant to her, to be a strong communicator, and to empower your teams to drive the business forward. I also feel it’s important to stay curious, to continuously learn, and to build on those learnings every day in support of our shared goals.” — Paula Bennett, President and CEO, J.Jill

“High trust. I hate micromanaging. I like to help people learn how to take initiative and go from there.” — Georgie Greville, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Milk Makeup

“I have a very clear vision and point of view, and enjoy getting team members excited and motivated by that vision and executing collaboratively as a team. I believe in working really hard, being curious and committed, but also having fun and a sense of humor along the way.” — Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO, Rockets of Awesome

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