Spotlight on leadership in changing times
Metin Mitchell - Managing Partner
Saudi business leaders
I have just finished attending the Women in Leadership Economic Forum in Riyadh and come away full of enthusiasm and optimism for what is going on in Saudi Arabia and the future for its very bright women.
More women than ever before are starting careers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, helped by the Vision 2030 goals and government policies such as Saudization.
We have recently launched our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women, based on interviews with extraordinary Saudi females.
How important are men to the success of women in Saudi?
When I interviewed a number of leading women for our report, Roads to the top for Saudi Women, they all talked in different ways about how their male family members had played an important role in their successes.
Saudi Vision 2030 commits the Kingdom to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30 per cent. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is clear on his goals, saying, “My first objective is for our country to be a pioneering and successful global model of excellence, on all fronts, and I will work…to achieve that.”
How can corporates contribute?
Over recent months I have been honoured to interview leading Saudi women for our report, Roads to the Top for Saudi Women.
There were so many insights from these inspirational women, I am delighted that Dr Amal Fatani has allowed us to share wider views from her interview than we could include in the report.
Metin Mitchell interview with Dubai Eye on Roads to the Top for Saudi Women
Metin Mitchell was interviewed by Dubai Eye radio last month, about the role of women for the future of the Gulf region.
What skills will Saudi chief executives need over the next 15 years? And what skills will ensure the Kingdom achieves its Vision 2030? A leading international executive research firm has interviewed chairmen and chief executives of prestigious Saudi businesses to share their views of leadership skills for the future.
I’ve worked in executive search for 20 years, recruiting leaders for Middle East organisations of all types. One of the most interesting countries has been Saudi Arabia, where the types of leaders needed have changed as the Kingdom has grown and diversified.
Saudi Vision 2030 is an ambitious vision for the future of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to create a vibrant and diverse economy that will ensure long term sustainability for its people. But while the National Transformation Program 2020 outlines future workforce skills for success, little has been said about whether new leadership skills are needed or what these should be.