Women advancing in their careers in UAE

According to the Global Gender Gap Index 2012 from the World Economic Forum, the UAE continues to lead the Arab world in terms of career prospects for women. “The UAE’s rapid economic growth has created many opportunities for women to pursue roles that call for accounting and finance management skills“, noted Geethu Ahuja, head of GCC, Middle East, at Cima.

Studies show that having a higher representation of women in senior roles is linked to stronger financial performance. Women tend to use what’s called the transformational style of leadership with the emphasis on hard work, respect, consultation. This is different from the traditional transactional style favoured by men which relies on power position and formal authority.

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Kazim Ladimeji is the Director of thecareercafe.co.uk—a resource for start-ups, small business and job seekers. It includes a blog with career and small business advice articles. Kazim is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has been a practising HR professional for 14 years.

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