In a male dominated Arab world, female professionals lack strong female professional mentors. Arab business professionals must be their own role models to become a successful business woman.
“Success is the best revenge,” for a successful business woman.
Leila Hoteit, successful Arab business woman, learned three important success lessons about balancing career and family in a male-dominated culture.
“The professional Arab woman has to somehow maintain the perfect home, make sure that her children’s every need is being taken care of and manage her demanding career.”
#1 Rather than internalize negative messages, let naysayers motivate you to prove them wrong.
“Faced with a patriarchal society, [Arab women] have found that by helping each other out, all benefit.”
#2 Apply your work skills at home. Hire domestic help with the same diligence you would use to hire a colleague. Empower and promote your domestic employees.
“Women continue to advance in the world – not fast enough, but we’re moving.”
#3 Collaborate – rather than compete – with other women. Fostering a robust female network pays dividends. Pay it forward by helping other women advance their careers.
- 3 Lessons on Success from an Arab Businesswoman. TEDtalk Video. Leila Hoteit. TED Conferences LLC. 2016.
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