Meet Chantelle Smith, the perfect poster woman for bold leadership at ArcelorMittal.
A steelworker at our Vanderbijlpark works in South Africa, Chantelle believes that being bold is important in her line of work.
“I never considered myself a natural leader, because leadership is made, not something you’re just born with. But you have the choice to stand out or stand in the crowd, and I choose to stand out”.
When starting out in the steel industry, Chantelle was told that blast furnaces are no place for women, but she soon put that straight.
“For me, working at a blast furnace, especially as a female, is an honour. Guys always think a female won’t be able to work here because of the physical hard work, but I say there is no such thing.
“A good leader will never tell you how it’s done – they will show you how it’s done. And I believe I’ve shown people that anyone can work here”.
Boldness, Chantelle believes, is ultimately about following your heart: “Working at ArcelorMittal was never just a job – it’s my whole career. This was what I want to do”.