Sydneysider Julie Stevanja, who heads up a multi-million dollar sportswear company, has shared her secrets to success in business – and in life.
Stylerunner is reportedly now worth more than $50 million. It’s a venture Ms Stevanja started with her sister in 2012, and one she now runs solo as its CEO.
Adding to her achievements, last year, the fashion-forward style maven also took the plunge and launched her own collection – New Guard.
Julie Stevanja heads up Stylerunner an online store specialising in luxe sportswear
Ms Stevanja has long been committed to health and fitness, and in fact, revealed inspiration for her empire struck mid-way through a Bikram yoga class.
Speaking to Jules Sebastian on her YouTube series, Tea with Jules, Ms Stevanja shared that her success, due in part to her business skills, was also driven by the need to stay aligned with her values.
‘I believe we are all here to do something and we all have a purpose and I really want to strive for that every single day.’
Last year the ever-stylish Ms Stevanja launched her own line of sportswear – New Guard
Ms Stevanja new range centres around activewear pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings
She explained her background in banking gave her a ‘really good business grounding’ but learning on the go had come with its share of challenges.
Ms Stevanja said when she was developing the concept for her multi-million dollar business she reached out to as many people working in e-commerce as she could in order to learn how to use the technology necessary to create a successful platform.
As well as this, she shared her journey towards success was also learning how to run a company as a CEO, and in a way that reflected her values as a leader.
Here, Ms Stevanja (pictured left) spoke to Jules Sebastian (pictured right) about how she defined success and what works for her as a leader
Ms Stevanja said in recent years there had been a shift away from authoritarian style leaders that rule by fear to those who lead organisations in a more empathetic way.
This style of leadership takes into account the feelings and wellbeing of colleagues and staff and is recognised for maintaining healthy and effective relationships.
‘I really had to experiment with what was my leadership style and feel I am naturally more like this, she said.
Ms Stevanja (left) with Vogue editor Edwina McCann said part of her business journey has been finding a leadership style that works for her
The CEO said she works collaboratively with staff and her primary focus is on ensuring staff share and understand, a common goal: the success of Stylerunner.
‘In general, we all need to be working at our maximum range. When you’re here be on, but it’s also about checking in with people.’
She also said she maintains a daily gratitude practice to help keep her grounded, and this is something she has also brought into the workplace, and one her and her staff regularly do together.
Living her best life: The CEO said while ambition and drive were defining factors, balance was key
Ms Stevanja credits ambition as her driving motivator but said family and friends, and the support of her husband had been key in helping her feel supported.
Although hers is a busy and hectic life, she maintains balance is something she always strives for.
‘I believe we are all here to do something and we all have a purpose and I really want to strive for that every single day,’ she said.
‘It’s not doing the thing at all costs, it’s also making sure you enjoy the journey.’