Humaira Rasuli, the Director of Medica Afghanistan, joined in a “Young Women’s Leadership Program” to share her experience of what it takes to lead an organisation in Afghanistan. The Program was conducted by AWN with the financial support of DFAT on date 17 September, 2017.
In a society filled with gender-based stereotypes that portray women as weak, unable to lead, vulnerable and lazy, Ms Rasuli inspired participants to rise above those stereotypes by developing the right skills and attitudes which make some of today’s most powerful female leaders.
She shared practical tips to deal with the personal challenges and work obstacles.
She encouraged participants to be assertive about their rights and have zero-tolerance to sexual harassment in public and at work. To be assertive is the cornerstone behind every successful and independent woman.
She warned them that there is no shortcut or easy way to be really successful. Hard work, self-reflection, learning from failures and others is vital.
Her approach to leadership is by the principle of empowerment. We have to avoid an authoritative and dictator-like approach to governing our organizations and teams. We should find ways to motivate our peers and challenge them to take ownership of their work. Strike a balance between authority and responsibility. Your staff or peers will not take the ownership of their work otherwise. We have to communicate in a way that empowers, that is fair and that is understanding of their situation.
Ms Rasuli’s final wisdom was: I love my team. We work together hard to maintain the quality of our work. We have participatory approach and we take decision within the team. That is why we are successful leaders.