The hospitality business for both men and women can be extremely rewarding but also exhausting. The environment in itself is a strong force in shaping the way in which men and women interact.
Regardless of culture, historical context, or social circumstance, men and women view the world as well as each other - through gender-specific lenses giving rise to gender-linked dilemmas that are particularly complex and acute.
However, this element of diversity has brought about potential development in the hospitality sector.
Women, who tend to possess transformational leadership characteristics, brought about important changes in the hospitality business by providing a vision and inspiring a sense of purpose in others.
Women have shaped the hospitality sector in a way that it creates self-direction and self-leadership in followers.
Sasha, who was previously at Constance Ephelia Seychelles as Resident Manager thinks “it’s a system, a tradition in many countries that women are considered weak/gentle and therefore doesn’t get the top positions or high salaries but eventually it is up to each woman and man to make the change.
By not using strong words, actions or hashtags!
We need to bring in the change in our daily lives by treating each person the way we wish to be treated, regardless of their gender, religion or nationality.”
While it might be assumed that women have come a long way, progress towards workplace parity has been a rocky road whereby the end is not yet in sight in many places; however, Sasha was pleasantly surprised when she joined Constance.
“I found a company that truly cares, not one that just used the term for PR purposes.
Constance gets to know each and knows how to nurture and grow talent. They recognised not only my potential and ambition but also my personality which seems to fit the concept of Constance Moofushi perfectly.”
It is a shared responsibility; both men and women need to make the change happen. By walking on the meritocracy path, by identifying the talent of each irrespective of gender, Constance Hospitality Management is indeed progressing towards workplace parity.
Nevertheless, to make it to the top in ‘the–show-must-go-on’ industry,
Sasha firmly believes that women more than men must have a good sense of humour, a thick skin and a warm heart!
Without forgetting to “laugh off the nonsense, not take criticism at heart, use the feedback to grow, use that feminine intuition and compassion we are blessed with”…
An interesting fact about the hospitality industry is that more women are working than men;
an industry whose revenue was estimated to be 554.64 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 (statista.com), and it is increasing day by day.
To succeed in the hospitality sector, Sasha has a mantra: “be cool, collected and charming.”
The full recipe though is to: “squeeze some “me” time in the busy schedule and more importantly, do not forget to nurture the relationship with close family and friends
and to keep active, swimming or yoga. Above all, be honest and true to who you are.”
The hospitality industry is an integral and essential part of the worldwide market and continues to have a strong performance.
The protagonists who make this industry what it is today are worth applause, especially if its women.