As two of the most critical business skills, problem solving and decision-making go hand in hand. Every company operates through people making decisions, and those decisions are made in order to solve problems. For young Asian professionals, great problem solving and decision-making skills are crucial keys to a career in leadership. Problem solving and decision-making are skills that involve evaluating problems or situations, considering the potential alternatives, making appropriate choices, and initiating actions required to follow through on the decision. This process can happen almost instantaneously, or it may be more formal and require weeks, or even months, of consideration and research. But regardless of the time frame, problem solving […]
We’ve talked a lot about leadership on this blog, from ways to be a better leader to the problem of exclusion for particular groups of people at the very top. But what if you are a young professional or recent grad student just embarking on your career? The road to the summit of your field must look long and daunting with many twists, turns and pitfalls. Here we’ve complied some advice to offer you some guidance with, perhaps, one of the most thrilling landmarks in your career: your first promotion. Whether you’ve been at your job for a number of years or have hit the ground running in your first […]
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 […]
The next corporate revolution is happening in Asia. According to the Economist, “the continent’s share of global GDP has risen from a 5th to 28% since 1984. It is the world’s factory, a diverse region of rivals bound together by supply chains.” In this article from May, they go on to say that despite having incredible muscle as a world production leader, the continent still punches below its weight
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.