Experience Begets Wisdom

Niki Avraam is the Co-founder of the London-based law firm Howat Avraam Solicitors, where she litigates high-profile employment and discrimination cases. A keynote speaker on leadership mindset and workforce issues, she is deeply invested in the concept of purposeful work, inspiring others to discover their work’s profound impact. Niki is a sought-after leadership consultant who champions unconventional thinking to reach professional and personal heights.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [00:31] How Niki Avraam transformed the conventional landscape of law with her vision for business growth
  • [06:18] Breaking gender-based event conventions for business development
  • [09:07] Niki’s journey from litigation to leadership consulting and the future of work
  • [11:04] How the entrepreneurial mindset can ignite innovation in any industry
  • [16:31] Leveraging discomfort to fuel growth and professional evolution
  • [20:04] What motivated Niki to teach Business English in Spain?
  • [42:37] Unique leadership lessons from various global cultures

In this episode…

It’s not uncommon for women to feel stuck in their careers, feeling constrained by workplace customs that no longer serve them. Despite this, these women often fear discomfort. How can you overcome these obstacles and turn discomfort into your greatest ally?

Transformational leader and legal entrepreneur Niki Avraam advocates for women’s involvement in male-dominated business and networking events, carving a path for them to thrive professionally. Additionally, her preferred discomfort framework promotes growth and innovation by embracing challenges that dismantle personal and professional boundaries. By breaking away from conventional workplace practices, you can inspire creativity and progress.

In this episode of the Lead Like a Woman Show, Andrea Heuston chats with Niki Avraam, the Co-founder of Howat Avraam Solicitors, about harnessing discomfort to enhance leadership qualities. Niki discusses her journey through the legal world, her passion for reshaping leadership, and the pursuit of workplace evolution.

Quotable Moments:

  • “Autonomy and agency were essential in creating a law firm that truly collaborates with clients.”
  • “Being an intrapreneur within larger law firms was about challenging conventions and creating something unprecedented.”
  • “To foster a culture of innovation, it’s important to lean into the power of preferred discomfort.”
  • “My decisions are guided by understanding the strength of my gut — it’s my intuition, my superpower.”
  • “Everyone has experiences and skills they bring from life into their leadership journey.”

Action Steps:

  • Embrace business innovation by challenging traditional norms: Breaking away from conventional practices invites creative solutions and progress.
  • Recruit with a focus on diverse experiences and essential skills: A multifaceted workforce fosters a rich and adaptive organizational culture.
  • Lean into preferred discomfort to encourage personal and professional growth: Stepping into uncomfortable situations can lead to significant learning opportunities and can help one adapt to change more fluidly.
  • Cultivate an international mindset through travel and cultural engagement: Exposure to various cultural dynamics enhances empathy and broadens one’s perspective in leadership.
  • Listen to your intuition when making decisions: Trusting your gut feeling can serve as a powerful guide in navigating complex situations and aligning with core values.

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