Changemakers: Mercedes-Benz' Bettina Fetzer on why authenticity and openness are key to leadership

Bettina Fetzer, Head of Marketing talks to Euronews Next
Bettina Fetzer, Head of Marketing talks to Euronews Next Copyright Cannes Lions Live
By Annabel Murphy
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A male-dominated industry hasn't stopped Bettina Fetzer from climbing the ranks at Mercedes-Benz. What did it take for a female leader like her to succeed?

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There are many skills that help shape a leader. But when it comes to showing leadership, what is the most important trait?

According to Bettina Fetzer, Head of marketing at Mercedes-Benz, there is one attribute that stands out the most: authenticity.

Fetzer - who rose through the ranks of the male-dominated automotive industry and received a promotion whilst on maternity leave - credits her success to having the freedom to show up as her whole self at work, she told Euronews Next.

She believes that freedom and expression - especially in the era of home working - need to go further.

"People who also dare to speak up and show that they are not just walking robots - they have a life and they have people around them they love and that they need to take care of. It's natural," Fetzer said.

"I purposely planned on the moment where company life would meet family life. I'd take my little baby to work".

Fetzer also spoke of the leadership traits defining the post-pandemic world, including openness and empathy.

"My mantra is always to involve people, to inspire people and to empower people," she added.

  • For more on this story, watch the edited video in the media player above or visit Cannes Lions Live to watch the entire episode.

The Changemakers series in partnership with Cannes Lions Live and Euronews Next is a 1-1 interview series with female leaders who are rethinking their roles and creating a better future for their industry.

Video editor • Aisling Ní Chúláin

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