In honor of Women’s History Month and inspired by the United Nations theme of “Women in Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future In A COVID-19 World,” we’ll be featuring five of Codility’s inspirational leaders. Each week in March, we’ll share these Q&A sessions to inspire, encourage, and support anyone in tech looking to elevate their leadership skills.
In this article, Lola Moses, our Director of Legal, tells us more about her passion for coaching aspiring and qualified women lawyers in tech, career challenges she overcame, and why remote working is key to gender equality in leadership roles.
1. What is your role at Codility, and what do you aspire to do in tech?
I’m the Director of Legal, which means that I’m responsible for managing the legal affairs and compliance throughout the business.
I mentor and coach both aspiring and qualified women lawyers, helping them progress with their careers. I’d like to do more of this, with a particular focus on leadership opportunities in the tech sector.
Between juggling domestic duties such as acting as the primary caregiver for children, lengthy commutes, and working long hours, women’s careers have suffered considerably. Due to these outdated or traditional ways of working, many women have deselected themselves from leadership positions.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for women to achieve greater equality since so many jobs are now fully remote. The flexibility offered by tech companies such as Codility, now a remote-first company, provides women the chance to work in a leadership capacity while maintaining a better work-life balance.
2. What has been the most significant barrier or challenge in your career?
Working long hours with a lack of flexible working has been the most significant challenge that I have faced. At the beginning of my career, I didn’t have much choice in the work environment since the legal profession is highly competitive and long hours are often expected.
However, things are moving on, and many companies now offer flexible working and are far more progressive in this area. There is also a greater awareness of mental health first aid with companies embracing initiatives such as mental health days.
3. What advice would you give someone who is aspiring to grow in their leadership responsibilities?
I would recommend professional coaching to find a mentor or someone you look up to for advice and guidance. However, more importantly, maintaining a positive mindset is crucial; this will help you overcome challenges and get you through tough days.
4. What strategies have you implemented that have helped create a safe environment that fosters diverse ideas & promotes authenticity?
Active listening and empathy provide the opportunity for authenticity. Being open-minded, inviting different opinions, and embracing other perspectives even though you may not necessarily agree can help foster diverse ideas.
5. Do you have any closing thoughts?
While the road to equality for women in leadership has been slow, changes are coming, and some changes will happen quickly due to the global reset brought on by the pandemic and advances in technology.
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