GOOD leadership is recognised by the qualities of integrity, accountability, self-awareness and humility, said former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz.
“If you’re a leader with integrity, you will lead your company and followers through a proper way of making profit, while keeping your business sustainable.
“This brings about the issue of moral compass, as without it, too many people in businesses will try to make profits by cutting corners,” she said.
Rafidah was speaking on the topic ‘What Leadership Means’ at the ‘Inspiring Future Leaders’ conference by the Penang Women Chamber of Commerce (PWCC) at G Hotel Gurney in George Town, on Saturday.
She said leaders must be future-proof, adding that leadership qualities are the only things which cannot be taken away easily.
“Leaders must learn to take charge of things, instead of just being ‘in charge’ of things,” she said, adding that a leader with position is not a true leader if he or she has no leadership qualities.
Meanwhile, PWCC president Datuk Annie Chin said women must be empowered and learn to find their voice.
“We are here to inspire and empower women, and to give voice to women as we have not been voicing out for too long.
“At PWCC, we hope to see more women standing on their own feet, and voice out on government policies which affect women,” she said.
Chin said that in recent years more women have been involved in entrepreneurship and business.
“Today, we can see more women taking leaders’ posts compared with two or three generations ago, where they were all homemakers.
“But even so, we are still fighting for gender equality.
“We hope to see more women in the workplace and take positions which the people have always envisioned as men’s jobs,” she said.
The one-day conference aimed to create a platform to enable stakeholders who wield influence in the government and private sector, academics and civil societies, to strategise and focus on increasing the participation of women in various sectors.