Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has challenged its female members of staff to strive for leadership positions in the company through critical decision-making skills, goal-setting, hard work, assertiveness and proper grooming.
ESCOM Regional Manager-Centre McVittie Chiphwanya and facilitator Estelle Nuka made the calls on March 18 2022 when the corporation, through its Social and Gender Inclusion department, hosted a women’s workshop in Lilongwe as part of commemorations for International Women’s Day.
In his opening speech of the daylong workshop, guest of honour Chiphwanya said female members of staff, just like all employees, need to be ready for opportunities for career growth in ESCOM.
“Leadership skills are mostly acquired but the first thing is for you to realise that you want to do it. It is all about standing out in society and getting the right skills. It all starts with you. You have to show leadership when given an assignment. Show the zeal and be willing to learn,” Chiphwanya said.
In her presentation, Nuka drilled the participants, drawn from ESCOM stations in the Central and Northern regions, on topics such as decision-making and critical thinking.
Nuka said it was also important for those aspiring for leadership positions to have high levels of integrity and develop critical decision making skills.
“As women of integrity, don’t be one of them [people without integrity]. It takes only one incident and you lose everything, so one of the powerful lessons for leaders is [that] you should learn to be people of high levels of integrity. If you know that you have been involved in some malpractices, please, stop going forward,” Nuka said.
She added that leadership was also about critical decision making hence all those aspiring for higher positions must learn such skills.
“You need data. You need correct information for you to come up with a good decision,” Nuka said.
“If you need data, you need to get that data. If you need to hear both sides, make sure you hear both sides before you make a decision. If you need to ask questions, ask those questions before you make a decision.”
ESCOM’s Acting Senior Human Resources Manager Gloria Likupe challenged the participants to learn to speak out on issues that affect and stand out when discharging their duties.
ESCOM legal counsel Sally Mtambo drilled the participants on Gender Law which tackles issues of rights at the workplace and at home.
ATTENTIVE—A cross section of the participants—Picture by George Mtonyo
ESCOM female employees