You don't have to fit the mold to be a leader

best advice 2015 jess lee

Lee, 32, got her start in tech at Google (GOOGL) under Marissa Mayer. While at Google, Lee sent an e-mail with product suggestions to a startup she was an active user of: social shopping site Polyvore. That note led to a job offer. Lee became CEO and honorary cofounder of the company and led Polyvore through its sale to Yahoo (YHOO) in August (where Mayer is now CEO).

Best advice:
"I've always been a bit of an introvert, but just because you don't fit the classic mold doesn't mean you can't be a leader. You just need to find your own style and someone with a similar style who you can learn from."

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First published January 8, 2016: 5:18 PM ET