Dr. Pepper's SVP Shares How Working With Men Has Helped Her Leadership Style

Angela Stephens, the SVP and controller at Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, shared with Fortune how working with men has helped her succeed in a male-dominated industry.

"The most important thing is to focus on you, your team, your work product, and how you carry yourself at the office," Stephens said on being focused on the things that will set you apart and help you excel in your career.

Throughout her career, she also says working with men has influenced her to take a "learn by example" approach.

Here are four things Stephens attributes to her workplace success:

  1. Topline your way to success
    'Communicating with men differently than women. I became a more effective leader by learning how to cut to the chase."
  2. Don’t take things personally
    "The way I look at it, it’s not personal, it’s just business. We're all here to do a job, so let’s do it together and do it to the best of our abilities."
  3. Stay focused
    "Before meetings to kick off a new project, I ask myself 'What action do you want this group to take for you?' It keeps my team and I grounded and focused on the task at hand and has opened the door to new and more senior opportunities within the company."
  4. Recognize differences in coaching and mentoring styles
    "Men often take an experiential approach when it comes to mentoring and coaching their direct reports. They'll never tell you they’re doing it. They won't schedule a meeting to discuss it. They’ll simply show by doing, so you’ve got to keep your eyes open and learn by example."

Read Stephens' full interview with Fortune here.

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