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Christine Lagarde

Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French politician, economist and lawyer who has served as President of the European Central Bank (ECB) since 1 November 2019. She previously served as Chair and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2011 until 2019. Lagarde also held various senior ministerial posts in the Government of France, most prominent as Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry from 2007 to 2011. She was the first woman to hold each of those posts.

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I think there are multiple studies now to demonstrate that diversity, a better balance between genders, but also between different fields as well, is actually conducive to better growth, better bottom line, better results.
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.
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 proud that somebody like myself has made it to the very top. β€” Β© Christine Lagarde
I'm proud that somebody like myself has made it to the very top.
There is a very strong linkage between U.S. banks and European banks. There are plenty of European employees that are employed by U.S. companies, and there are plenty of U.S. employees that are employed by European companies.
You are never wrong when you have voted because you've acted in accordance with your conscience and your beliefs, and you've exercised your democratic right, which is, you know, perfectly legitimate in our democracies.
I'm of those who believe that excesses in all matters are not a good idea, whether it's formation of bubbles, whether it's excess in the financial market, whether it's excess of inequality, it has to be watched, it has to be measured, and it has to be anticipated in terms of consequences.
Grit your teeth and smile. In the face of adversity, go. They don't deserve you.
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.
I'm not in the business of reading tea leaves. I don't have a crystal ball.
I guess economists, it's a bit like scientists; you have definitely fewer women in that field.
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.
The Europeans governments have massively changed the landscape in Europe. There is no doubt about it. They have put together the European Financial Stability Fund. They have discussed and approved the European Stability Mechanism.
Markets love volatility. β€” Β© Christine Lagarde
Markets love volatility.
I look under the skin of countries' economies, and I help them make better decisions and be stronger, to prosper and create employment.
I have lived with extraordinary women, whether it was my grandmother, my mother. My father passed away when I was 16... I was witness to a woman who single handedly brought up the entire family and managed to do everything... She was an extraordinary role model for me.
Regulation is necessary, particularly in a sector, like the banking sector, which exposes countries and people to a risk.
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.
My father passed away after three years of debilitating disease, which transformed a very strong and bright man into a real wreck. And that is hard. You have to get out of that stronger, if you can, which I was lucky to be able to. I was the eldest of the family, and I had to support my mother and help my brothers.
I do believe women have different ways of taking risks, of ruminating a bit more before they jump to conclusions. And I think that as a result, particularly on the, on, you know, on the trading floor, in the financial markets in general, the approach would be different.
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.
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.
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.
I'm very much a believer that it's action that matters much more so than, you know, the flurry of political promises and statements and slogans that are used during political campaigns.
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.
It's become my brand in a way, you know, speaking the truth even though it was not politically correct.
When my father passed away and then when later on I gave birth, those are sort of ground-breaking experiences that put everything else into perspective.
I love cooking. Not for myself alone. Cooking is about giving.
Very often as a little girl, then as a young woman, I have suffered my lot of discrimination. I was brought up with brothers; I grew up in a boys' world. You have to elbow your way in. When you come with that sentiment of having been in a minority for a long period of time, then you are much more attentive to minorities.
I have a theory that women are generally given space and appointed to jobs when the situation is tough. I've observed that in many instances. In times of crisis, women eventually are called upon to sort out the mess, face the difficult issues and be completely focused on restoring the situation.
Every day, you have to prove yourself and convince - move forward and challenge yourself. And doubt all the time.
The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.
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.
In the 2013 Economists Program, we hired 51 percent women, 49 percent men. And the reason for that is that we have a draft from all over the world, and we've hired, for instance, in that group, a good number of Chinese economists - highly qualified, all Ph.D.s from the best universities of the world. And guess what? They're all women.
I was praised in the U.S. and heavily, brutally criticized in France.
Women, as the minority, have to prove their worth all the time. That's the reason we tend to over-prepare, over-study, over-anticipate. I think it's the case with many women leaders. We tend to over do it.
Our fortunes rise together, and they fall together. 'All men are brothers,' said the Analects. We have a collective responsibility-to bring about a more stable and more prosperous world, a world in which every person in every country can reach their full potential.
All stakeholders must participate in the gains and losses of any particular situation.
A global world needs global firewalls. β€” Β© Christine Lagarde
A global world needs global firewalls.
Think about it. Women control 70 percent of global consumer spending . . . when women do better, economies do better.
It's become my brand in a way you know, speaking the truth even though it was not politically correct.
We need to put our good research, our good work, our principles into actionable items whenever we can.
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.
If you have an overwhelming majority of one sex over the other, and clearly in our case at the moment - and it has been like this for a long time - it is male over female, you tend to have group thinking. You tend to have common references, combined with competition, combined in this case with testosterone. I'm not suggesting it's a toxic mix, but I'm saying it needs to be tempered and altered and modified and made better by diversity.
Unless we take action on climate change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled.
Social unrest and protectionism are the two major risks of the world economic crisis.
Those negatively affected by globalization, those who are losing their jobs, and losing their skills, people out of training, must be looked after. Governments must establish policies, and governments and companies must actually address that issue, so that those who lose out from globalization can be retrained, recycled, re-established, cared for.
If Lehman Brothers had been a bit more Lehman Sisters ... we would not have had the degree of tragedy that we had as a result of what happened. β€” Β© Christine Lagarde
If Lehman Brothers had been a bit more Lehman Sisters ... we would not have had the degree of tragedy that we had as a result of what happened.
We draw many benefits from globalization that people take for granted. Poverty has been reduced massively around the world. If you look at the Chinese numbers, it is quite mind-boggling: 700 million people taken out of poverty in a matter of 40 years, the poverty rate having moved from over 30 per cent from hardly six per cent now. That would not have happened if there had not been globalization.
We cannot just look at a country by looking at charts, graphs, and modelling the economy. Behind the numbers there are people.
When women do better, economies do better.
I guess economists, it's a bit like scientists, you have definitely fewer women in that field.
Tackling climate change is a collective endeavour, it means collective accountability and it's not too late
Of course, trade agreements can be beneficial, but of course they need to avoid infringing on certain areas and respect diversity.
When you think of a safe and solid arbitration place, you think of Switzerland, Sweden, Canada. Those attributes may be associated with clichΓ©s, but I think they resonate with a lot of people and they are a solid base for Canada to co-operate and help others.
Before a negotiation can proceed and be completed, what is outside the scope of negotiation needs to be agreed.
Diversity in and of itself is a strong positive.
We would not be enjoying those cellphones and those tablets at the price where they are had it not been for globalization, both in terms of trade and in terms of constant technological innovation.
I think I have a male side about me and you have a female side about you. It's a question of repressing or not.
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