Be Bold for Change

1 June 2017

Be Bold for Change

Henley Business School alumni, students and staff welcomed a distinguished visitor to the Whiteknights campus at the start of May when Henley alumna, Tan Sri Siti Sa’diah Sheihk Bakir, from the MBA Class of 2007, and now an independent non-executive director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, presented her keynote lecture.

Henley Business School alumni, students and staff welcomed a distinguished visitor to the Whiteknights campus at the start of May when Henley alumna, Tan Sri Siti Sa’diah Sheihk Bakir, from the MBA Class of 2007, and now an independent non-executive director of KPJ Healthcare Berhad, presented her keynote lecture.

In the UK on a visit from Malaysia, Tan Sri Siti addressed the audience on the topic of ‘Women and Leadership: the Malaysian Experience’, sharing her many years of experience as a leader within KPJ Healthcare, the leading private healthcare provider in Malaysia (with 25 hospitals, one university college with two branches and two elderly care centres in that country, and further facilities in Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh and Australia).

Having benefited from the opportunity to grow and hone her own leadership and directorship skills, gaining her Henley MBA on the way, Tan Sri Siti inspired the audience by talking about her approach to nurturing emerging leaders in the company during her tenure as managing director between 1993 and 2012. The important principles that she put into practice in the company include:

  • there are no glass ceilings, walls (or floors)
  • transformational leadership embraces cohesiveness, inclusiveness, team spirit and integrity, regardless of gender
  • gender diversity is evident on boards, committees etc.
  • remuneration, reward and recognition (the 3Rs) should be achieved through performance-based annual reviews
  • staff should acquire knowledge, through a minimum of 30 hours of training annually
  • women are encouraged to act as leaders in KPJ and participate in professional bodies and associations
  • medical consultants (including women) are speakers and influencers on international platforms

Tan Sri Siti’s approach to championing women leaders and her message to emerging female talent, in Malaysia or anywhere else in the world, can be summarised in the inspiring motto she used to encouraged her audience: ‘Be Bold for Change!’

Watch Tan Sri Siti Sa’diah Sheihk Bakir talk about her connection to Henley Business School.