The examples of female success stories are important on the global scale, as they help to disseminate the idea of gender equality and to spread the roots for the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and democratic values among different cultures, societies and traditions.— Dalia Grybauskaite
The most unpopular Dalia Grybauskaite quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
The world has become more diversified, with women becoming a real power of change.
With the danger of terrorism and war spreading in the world, now is the right moment to stop and reconsider our actions and do everything possible to bring an end to the fighting, be it in your own homeland, neighboring countries, or in your region.
There is an English saying, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
" Women often become these tough ones.
Lithuania is a small country, so our contribution would not be that large.
We are not afraid of our responsibility. We receive 25 percent of our national budget from the European Union. We understand the value of solidarity.
While I am a lawyer by profession and have travelled to several countries, working and educating myself, I came from a rural background in a Third World country at a time when women were told what their place was and whose mothers enjoyed even less.
Traditionally, women have a lot of different roles in society.
It is very difficult to balance all these roles and at the same time to compete with men. A leading, successful woman has to put in much bigger efforts to be more competent and faster, more dynamic and organized, than a successful man.
I ran for president because I wanted to help Lithuania and its people during a difficult time. My country was on the very edge of an economic crisis, and people were disappointed by the economic situation and the political elite. We all needed change and motivation to consolidate our efforts in order to overcome the difficulties.
I am a person of action. If I see I can bring a positive change, I will go for it, never mind that something might be hard to achieve.
During my election campaign I was not giving out empty promises, but invited every member of society to join the efforts to work for a better life in Lithuania.
As a woman, I think my style defines my leadership in that it's a gentler, more compassionate approach. Rather than tell people what's good for them, I consult, I listen and I compromise where it's in the best interest of the citizens.
Some countries need extra stimulus in specific areas.
Something has to be done against high youth unemployment in Greece and Spain, for example. But in the end, there is no way around it: The debt levels have to come down.
There are many examples of female leaders who are not afraid to take responsibility and openly face the challenges in the worst situations.
From day one, my mantra has been - and will continue to be - that as a government we were there to serve the people, not the other way around.
Women always look for a peaceful solution to a conflict.
They are more sensible when they go for compromise or when they stand by their position. They are ready to listen to different views, to hear all the voices in society.
In professions where the criteria of professionalism, expertise, good manners and ethics apply, the gender aspect, i.e., whether a person is a man or woman, is not relevant at all. What is important is that citizens' confidence in politicians and the politics is strong enough to make politicians proud of their profession.
I believe that the world has become more democratic and open.
Women have become more outspoken, more active and competitive. They have achieved great accomplishments in many fields that were previously dominated by men.
Concrete examples of successful women and their stories of achievement are the best inspiration and [means of] empowerment for other women to seek the heights in their professional career and take a leading role in society.
My advice and wish to every woman in my country and in the world is very simple: Do not be afraid to be yourself, to have your dream, your vision, and to go for it. We can achieve a lot if we are sincerely committed to our goals and work hard to realize them.
I don't subscribe to that school of thought that leadership can be altogether defined by gender.
If we take into account that women have had the right to vote only for some 100 years - in some countries even less - and that we have already won seats in governments or presidential offices, I understand that men look at this rise with some anxiety.
Hard work, courage and commitment - these are the key elements for success.
I have led the way for moving women from traditional roles to strategic positions and inspired girls and women throughout Africa to seek leadership positions.
People trust those leaders who show real results of their work, rather than those who just talk about the results.
I want to use my position of influence to change the laws of the land to the benefit of the women of Trinidad and Tobago, divide the economic pie more evenly and appoint more women to positions within the government.
Female leaders are more oriented toward real and long-lasting results of their policies.
Women are more focused on the development of the quality of life in their countries. They are more involved in social and family policies, childcare, and poverty reduction.
Women have more inner power for creation, starting from family and home and ending with professional activity and politics.
During conflicts and tense situations, women often work in a more collaborative way, include a larger variety of viewpoints, and function more frequently outside traditional hierarchical means. Women leaders often take a consolidated and reconciliatory position in the society.
If there were more women heads of state in the world, the world would be more peaceful and better focused on the improvement of the overall quality of life and welfare.
Any work you do, do it the best you can and achieve the maximum result.
It was my mother, despite the limitations placed on women of her time by society, who insisted I be allowed to go abroad to study, in sturdy defiance of the male elders of the family, who protested and decided that I should be married off instead.
My climb to political success was no elevator ride, and it has not always been pretty, but I persevered as one of a handful of women in the male-dominated world of politics.
For a small open economy that trades mostly with the euro zone it makes absolute sense to be part of the currency union. Our currency has already pegged to the euro since 2002. We don't have an independent monetary policy. We are regulated by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, but we are not able to reap all the profits. Our businesses want to save the transaction costs.
If you need to pursue your interests, do not expect anyone else to do it for you.
The precondition of success and entry to the top politics is primarily one's will - that is, making one's own decisions, because it means having to leave your home or move your family, quit social networking and build new contacts, [since] central governments are seated in capitals.
I never had ambition to become president of the state or to accomplish more than men.
If women decide that their mission, their political career, balances out what they have to give up, they can be and are equally successful as men.
I have learned from my own experience that if you work hard you will succeed.
We do not have many women leaders in the world.
But if you look at the current examples, most of those few female leaders that we have today lead their countries under the pressure of difficult political and economic circumstances. They all posses strong personalities and have real political influence on the domestic and international scene.
I am happy and proud that during one year of presidency, my initiatives have been strongly supported by the people and society and we have launched the process of vitally important state reforms.