There is a problem in South Asia. While the numbers of female undergraduates in the region are increasing, at the higher levels of academia gender inequality still remains. This inequality damages all professional sectors in all countries; and while no country can claim perfect equality between genders, the progress in South Asia needs to be expedited. According to a report backed by the British Council based on countries in South Asia, many female academics in the region are reluctant to pursue a senior leadership role and believe it to be an unattractive career option. The report, Women in Higher Education Leadership in South Asia: Rejection, Reluctance, Revisioning, by Louise Morely […]
One of the most important skills a young Asian professional can learn is how to network effectively. Building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships is the name of the game. In fact, it’s a critical component in the process of success in the business and professional world – just ask any senior executive, community leader, politician, or business person.
In the U.S. we’re used to a certain style of management. As the culture here is shaped by an individualistic outlook, it’s not surprising that it feeds into the American management approach. Managers are accountable for decisions made within their areas of responsibility, and although important decisions might be discussed in open forum, the ultimate responsibility for decisions lies with them.
The Importance of Mentorship To be successful in any field, aspiring leaders require role models and guidance. Strong leadership skills are often attributed to strong mentors; leaders who help show others how to lead. Junior executives and young professionals can typically undervalue the important role of a mentor in their careers, but leadership is still more frequently learned by practice than by theory.
Why we’re lacking Asian American leadership and why we should care Asian Americans make up around 5% of the U.S. population. Yet the number of Asian Americans in leadership positions is very low—comprising just 2% percent of college presidents, less than 1% of board members, and only around 0.3% of corporate officers.
With the continued growth in volume of Asian students on campuses in the United States, and the globalization of the job market, we at Naisa decided to highlight the adjustment process many Asian students and young professionals face during their time at college or their new job in the West,
Better leadership development is critical to Asia’s long-term growth. Asian companies are on the threshold of a new world, one to which they will contribute at a much higher level. Leaders will be called on to navigate the challenges ahead of them currently and in the next decade.