By Princewill Ekwujuru
The Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, Dr. Ola Brown, has called on Nigerian women to build their social capital in strive to succeed in executive and entrepreneurial positions.
Speaking at this year’s International Women’s Day, themed, Press for Progress, at a seminar organised by Total Nigeria Limited, in Lagos, Brown said that social capital was crucial to success in professional and business career.
Brown noted that women are very important in curbing the rate of poverty in Africa, especially in Nigeria. “Women in Nigeria face myriad of cultural and religious barriers when trying to move up in the workplace. Developing executive presence, influence, negotiation skills, management skills and emotional intelligence are often as important as technical skills in the oil industry as employees move up in the ladder,” she stated.
On how to build social capital, Brown said women should learn how to network even with men in business and professional environment, noting that most men succeed in their careers because they have learnt the act of networking.
The medical entrepreneur also advised women to volunteer for works outside their domain, in a bid to build up their social capital.
Flying Doctors Nigeria is West Africa’s first and leading indigenous air ambulance service organisation, which transports patients across the region in medically equipped aircrafts for quick medical care. Established about a decade ago, Flying Doctors has provided various medical services to the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Brown, who is also a pilot in training, urged women to avail themselves for mentoring, adding that mentorship was essential towards women’s success. She advised that women should assert themselves in public speaking and cultivate negotiating skills to build their career.