Spotlight on leadership in changing times
Metin Mitchell - Managing Partner
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?
In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg talks about how women are often held back in the workplace. Ms Sandberg’s words come from her experience in the USA, but they are just as applicable in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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.
I am frequently asked this question, is it the end of the road for ex-patriates in the GCC?
Given what is being written about ex-patriates and the economies of the GCC at the moment it is an entirely legitimate question – these articles by Simeon Kerr of the FT and Sarah Townsend of Arabian Business give a good overview of the issues. But the answer is not straightforward.
I had the pleasure of appearing on the Business Breakfast Show on Dubai Eye discussing the key findings in our report, What Makes An Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive. Presenter Brandy Scott invited me to discuss what skills will be needed to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 and what impact that would have on skills around the Gulf.
Guest blog by Mr Ihsan Bafakih, CEO, MASIC
What skills will the new generation of Saudi chief executives need? This was the question posed to me by Mr Metin Mitchell when he asked for my views on What makes an Outstanding Saudi Chief Executive? (you can download the full report here).
I mentioned in an earlier blog that I have had the privilege of interviewing a number of Saudi chief executives to ask for their views on ‘What makes an outstanding Saudi chief executive?’
Last month I wrote a blog on Will Saudi’s chairmen of 2030 need to look different from today? I have had a number of comments and discussions on this, both when I have been in the Kingdom and also online – and one comment in particular got me thinking.