“Kindness is much underrated. You don’t have to elbow people out of the way to be a successful woman.”

Ahead of International Women’s Day, we asked leading women to open their playbooks for success. Here, litigator Karyn Harty of Dentons offers wisdom for ambitious women

“It can really help to have a senior female sponsor or mentor who will be a sounding board and advocate for your talents and ability.” Karyn Harty, global co-chair of disputes and partner, Dentons, Dublin. Picture: Feargal Phillips

“The first question I would ask a younger female colleague looking for advice on how to succeed in business is: What would success look like to you?

Everyone has different ambitions and priorities. As a business we have an overtly inclusive approach that does not differentiate between lawyers and professionals with other expertise. People these days are much less siloed in their ambitions and have varied priorities depending on their own circumstances. So that would ...