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| PROFILES |
We tend to judge women leaders more
harshly. So much more is expected of us,
in terms of how we look, how we be-
have. We need to stand up for our wom-
enfolk. I don't know if we do that enough.
By Roslyn Carrington
"I GOT INTO MY FIELD because of two things," says
Maureen Bartholomew. "First, if you are a Christian, you
must show more integrity; you must show more sensi-
tivity to the needs of others, more humility."
Secondly, she adds, she believes in constant self-develop-
ment. "Too many leaders feel 'they reach' at a certain level,
but they need to keep learning. They need to share with
others and learn from others. You need to help others to
learn from you."
The HR Consultant and Executive Coach is genuinely in-
terested in helping executives develop their leadership
skills, leading to a corporate culture that is better geared
to face the challenges of this volatile business climate.
Bartholomew is part of the Mettamorphosis Leaders
team, which is hosting the local arm of the Global Lead-
ership Summit on February 27th and 28th at the Central
"It's a video conference that is conducted in 108 coun-
tries," she explains. "It's sold out a year in advance." The
main event takes place in the US, and features ten top
thinkers; CEOs, authors, pastors and leaders. It has been
held for 20 years. The video technology makes their wis-
dom available to over 2 million leaders worldwide.
But it is the local value that makes it worth the price of
admission. Video presentations will be interspersed with
breakout sessions with facilitators such as Bartholomew
herself; Chairman of UTT, Mr. Curtis Manchoon; Regional
President of bpTT Mr. Norman Christie; and President of
the T&T Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Moonilal Lalchan.
Although the Summit was founded by a Christian pastor,
and many of the presenters belong to the faith,
Bartholomew explains that the event has no religious
overtones, and all are welcome. "You are not coming to a
sermon. You are coming to learn how to lead, whether
you are a Christian or not, whether you are in a church or
not. This is about leadership."
The purpose of the facilitators is to share their own ex-
perience, put the video material into context, and moti-
vate and encourage participants to put their plans into
action. "If you don't get started on your action items
within three days, you probably never will." The facilita-
tors, she says, are what make the conference special.
She points out that three of the international speakers
are female: Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Carly Fiorina;
author and president of Mobius Executive Leadership,
Erica Ariel Fox; and Commissioner General of the Uganda
Revenue Authority, Allen Catherine Kagina.
"It's more important for us as females to put ourselves
out there, have something to say, and TO SAY IT. Very
often, we do all the work up to a certain level, and then
we don't cross that glass ceiling. We need to learn more,
grow more, and let our voices be heard. We need to be
more available and more visible. We have the talent."
Most of the leaders in T&T are male, she points out. "How
many of those at the helm are women? Not many." The
solution, she believes, is to embrace opportunities, to
share. "We need to be careful how we present ourselves,
and be able to communicate our ideas." Conferences such
as this, she thinks, helps women increase their visibility.
"That constant growth helps us."
How does being female affect how we perform? "Some-
times a woman has to work harder to get the cooperation
and respect of her staff, even the women. Sometimes
they come across harder, but they rarely are. Men are
more prone to just make a decision and let the chips fall
where they may."
How do we deal with this? "We need for women to re-
spect themselves and get the respect that they need. We
tend to judge women leaders more harshly. So much
more is expected of us, in terms of how we look, how we
behave. We need to stand up for our womenfolk. I don't
know if we do that enough."
To get more info on the conference, WOW readers can
go to mettamorphosisleaders.org/, or find them on Face-
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