Anneline Niemand

RPA Women’s month leadership series: Anneline Niemand

At RPA, we celebrate diversity, collaboration and believe that because of our unique contributions, we make a strong and powerful team.  Focussing on Women’s month, August 2023, we asked our management team a few questions about leadership, the role of women in management positions and advice for the younger generation of leaders.


We talk to Anneline Niemand, Portfolio Manager.

Can you share your thoughts on the importance of resilience and adaptability in leadership, especially when faced with unexpected challenges?

Resilience and adaptability are vital attributes for leaders, particularly when confronting unexpected hurdles. Resilience empowers leaders to stand firm amid adversity, rebound from setbacks, and uphold a positive demeanour that uplifts the team. Adaptability empowers leaders to swiftly recalibrate their strategies, plans, and methods when confronted with shifting circumstances. This fosters an environment of innovation and growth within their organisation. During times of uncertainty, these traits aid leaders in navigating uncharted territories and instilling a sense of confidence within their team.


What role does emotional intelligence play in effective leadership, and how do you develop and apply this skill in your management role?

Emotional intelligence stands as a pivotal element in proficient leadership, as it empowers leaders to comprehend, regulate, and harness both their own emotions and those of their team members. This heightened emotional understanding enriches communication, collaboration, and the process of decision-making.

To cultivate and apply emotional intelligence within a managerial capacity, one can engage in active listening, nurture empathy, and enhance self-awareness. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and support, encouraging candid feedback, and flexibly adapting your leadership approach to align with individual requirements are essential steps. Consistent self-reflection and the pursuit of personal growth opportunities further contribute to honing your emotional intelligence as a leader.


As you reflect on Women’s Month, what message would you like to share with other women in management who are working to make a positive impact in their organisations and industries?

In the spirit of Women’s Month, it’s crucial to commemorate the achievements of women in management who are effecting positive change. To my fellow women leaders, recognise that your distinctive viewpoint and skill set greatly influence your organisation’s triumphs. Maintain your self-assurance and foster robust networks, welcoming challenges as stepping stones to advancement. Never hesitate to share your wisdom and innovative ideas. Your leadership serves as an inspiration for the upcoming generation, fostering constructive transformation within your industries.

Keep forging ahead, knowing that your accomplishments are paving the path for future generations of women in leadership positions.

Anneline Niemand