On 18 January 2021 Helen Barrett, Partner at CBD Corporate Services, hosted the first of the CBD ‘Suite Spot’ events designed exclusively for C-suite females.
While great strides are being made in the UAE with regard to gender balance, CBD seeks to bridge the knowledge gap by developing an exclusive ecosystem comprising senior legal professionals, GC’s, business owners and senior executives from other industry sectors to facilitate direct access to role models and mentors with whom they can discuss or debate relevant issues, seek an alternative perspective to everyday challenges, obstacles and issues they face in their roles, broaden their professional networks and develop their client base.
At the first ‘Suite Spot’ event we welcomed, Kiran Scarr, Chief Operating Officer at Support Legal, who shared her views on conscious leadership. Kiran, a former magic circle lawyer, GC of a global leading UAE Free Zone and accredited executive coach, shared her views on the basic skills required for leadership in the 21st century, and differentiated between what could typically be referred to as male leadership traits and female leadership traits.
According to the 2019 McKinsey Report, it is women who mainly exhibit leadership traits required to lead through global challenges. Such leaders typically demonstrate characteristics of conscious leadership, such as, leading with vision and virtue, mindset and strategy and embracing people and culture. However, conscious leadership does not necessarily come naturally and the journey from being a high performer to conscious leadership starts with being able to lead yourself before leading others.
Helen Barrett commented ‘We were pleased with the response to our first event which demonstrates that there is a desire for a different approach. We have since been approached by several senior female executives who wish to connect with like-minded people, so we are very much looking forward to our next event in March’.
CBD will shortly be launching a LinkedIn page dedicated to the CBD ‘Suite Spot’ to provide a forum for members to connect and engage with other great females, share knowledge, experiences and other relevant information.