Coronavirus Update: Our team is here to help our clients and readers navigate these difficult times. Visit our Resources page now »

Skip to Main Content
by Kristina Rudic | October 31, 2017


Diane von Furstenberg sitting at her desk

In a New York Times “Corner Office” interview, fashion designer and mogul Diane von Furstenberg mentions that she isn’t a “good leader” even though she has grown a global lifestyle brand out of a simple start with her staple wrap dresses. However, in addition to being the president of the esteemed CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), DVF is also listed as #71 on Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women” list. Now, that's definitely a leader, especially in the fashion industry. 

But DVF isn't deterred by the stereotypes of what makes a "great leader" and explains that learning that she must first know herself before she can lead a group of people to any type of success has been a pivotal point in her career—and could be the key determining factor in her global success.

Check out the video below to see why DVF believes being a better example for “leadership in life” is more important than just being a great “leader in business.”


Want to be found by top employers? Upload Your Resume

Join Gold to Unlock Company Reviews

Don't Miss Vault's Newsletter

Career advice, tips, and updates on Covid-19.