(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.)
Here is our interview with Amira Alaa, an Egyptian entrepreneur based in Cairo, who focuses on empowering youth with seizing opportunities. Amira is the CEO & Founder of Leadership Factory.
What makes you do what you do?
My passion in life is to help everyone makes his/her life a story worth telling. Therefore, I founded Leadership Factory with my partners to transform youth from opportunity seekers to opportunity creators through an online gamified track.
How did you rise in the industry you are in?
Being always there with young people and be a heart to serve them and a listening ear to their motives and fears is what makes us rise. I have a great team backing me up too, so that’s one of the key success factors.
Why did you take on this role/start this startup especially since this is perhaps a stretch or challenge for you (or viewed as one since you are not the usual leadership demographics)?
We – Leadership Factory founders- have been working with student organizations and youth movements since 2008. We have started to work on the professional market since 2009 during our university life. This enabled us to get a clear insight about the huge gap between the labor market and youth, and how the era we are living at now needs opportunity creators and leaders who can build a sustainable ecosystem. Therefore, we decided to take it to the next level a found Leadership Factory to impact young leaders who are capable of creating their own opportunities and be up to the 21st-century competition.
Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries or did you look for one or how did that work?
I have several mentors, to whom I am grateful. They are helping me whenever they can.
How did you make a match if you and how did you end up being mentored by him?
It is all through our personal network as Leadership Factory founders.
Now as a leader how do you spot, develop, keep, grow and support your talent?
Reading and networking all the time! I am always reading about my field; I actually pay all my money on books. I believe that this is the main key to supporting my talent; it increases the creativity and helps me to link all the topics together easily. Networking as well is the main element to keep and grow my talent. Being always around bright minds who can help me with a way or another; has its magical effect on me and on my business.
Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?
I support diversity consciously and unconsciously. Because diversity is what takes the business to its next successful level if it is well managed.
What is your take on what it takes to be a great leader in your industry and as a general rule of thumb?
Always learn – Listen to others – Strongly believe in yourself – Never give up.
Advice for others?
All of us deserve to make our lives a story worth telling. Be open to the world and always get yourself ready to inspire it!
To learn more about Leadership Factory, please see https://www.facebook.com/Lead5rshipFactory.
I am a huge fan and cheerleader of Women Leaders — If you know of an AMAZING Woman Founder, CEO, Leader in Tech or you are one yourself — Write me here.
AMPLIFY Conscious Business Leadership with me.
This article was co-written with Mariem Khemir.