• Women in leadership


    Many women at work don’t climb as fast as men in the corporate ladder and they blame it on the imbalance between their work and life. Whenever someone points at this imbalance for the slow success in their career there will be someone in the tea table quoting examples of leaders, chief ministers, CEOs, who are women. These leaders, I prefer to say, are lucky or are extremely focused on career unlike a common women of India. These women in leadership are those we, the Middle class women, usually don’t relate well with. We say that they must have a full time maid, they can afford a cook and sophisticated environment for kids. All that said, we should understand that if the leaders are mothers they have to go through the same struggle as you do as no money can replace a mother and no costly maid can make a mother feel ease at work when the kid is at home. So, the baseline is that no matter which income group you belong to coming up in the race as a woman is a struggle; there is certainly a gap between the two genders in this race. Men have a default advantage in his regard.




    First of all, to start to bridge this gap men and women should be treated equally at work. In many organizations men are given better opportunities than women are just because of their gender difference. This discrimination starts Let’s take an example, a project manager interviewed a hand full of candidates and short listed two guys, who were less fit for the job compared to the girls. The only reason “SHE” told me when I asked her was that boys are assets to the team while girls are troublesome. This was an interview to pull in freshers. She told me that if girls are selected and are into the team they will leave at 8 quoting their safety but guys will stay back like forever till the issue is solved. She also said that girls won’t have much focus as they will leave the company after marriage, marrying someone abroad. Now, what’s the fault of the girls, who attended the interview that day, here? They are girls and yes they can’t travel late in the night because the society is not as safe as it must be ideally. Yes if they are married to someone abroad they need to travel with them but that doesn’t restrict them from working well till whether are with the team, does it? And then comes the reason to reject married women, if they are pregnant they are not even considered as a candidate, if they are just married they become the last option and if they have kids then they get hesitantly short listed as the manager worries that the lady’s focus will be on the family. I am not saying everyone is this way but I have heard and seen such recruiters. My question here is wont a guy quit his job? Is there any proven statistics that men are better focused on work than women? Is there any theory to support that men are best fit compared to women?




    First this discrimination while recruiting should change. I recently had been to United Kingdom and there if a pregnant woman performs well and meets the requirements well but is rejected because she is pregnant or a single parent or anything else it’s an offence. Also I love the way they maintain work life balance in a way that reduces the gap between men and women. They work just till 5 pm and no matter what they leave home as far as I have seen. Weekends are for the family. That’s what companies should be doing ideally, extract work during office hours and no work over the weekend. Sticking to the timings in paper will solve most issues.




    The change in companies should start from immediate manager levels and then fly up to the top management levels. Policies made to benefit the female employees set at the top level will lose it’s purpose by the time it trickle down to the individual contributors.




    My mom is a school principal. She was able to reach there only because as a family we supported her. In India for a women to become a leader leadership quality alone isn’t enough, what’s important is the support of the family. Here, family is everything and not many are independent women.



    So more than companies it’s the families’ support that’s most important for the country to produce more women leaders.



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    Women In Leadership

    Women are becoming more and more noticed for their exceptional success in the tangentially male dominated corporate world of global business. A number of successful women have finally been able to walk up the corporate ladder, arriving to high-ranking positions in some of the most renowned corporations of the world.

    We are currently living under a record-high number of simultaneous female world leaders. The time has come to re-frame the gender issue and explain the world the about today’s woman leadership and empowerment. #EveryWomanIsALeader


    Women In Leadership

    Women In Leadership

    Ginni Rometty, Chairwoman and CEO of IBM said “Be First And Be Lonely”

    In recent years, women have risen to the top of the corporate world. From Indra Nooyi at Pepsico to Mary Barra at General Motors, the rise of women to CEO of major companies has been celebrated. More noteworthy has been the dominance of women in higher education. After centuries of male dominance, worldwide women now outnumber men in both university attendance and graduation.

    Women In Leadership

    Women In Leadership

    Now the  average  ratios of university participation of women have surpassed men. While the average global university enrollment ratio in 1970 was 160 men per 100 women, today it stands at around 93 men per 100 women. As per the recent study its has been observed that girls outperform boys with better classroom grades, teacher assessments and scores on college entrance exams. In fact, in many companies and countries they recruit a majority of young women as they clearly outperform their male peers.

    The best women leaders I know have circular vision that enables them to be well-rounded people.  For example, they have their finger on the pulse of the culture and can talk to you about the latest pop-culture news – but then easily switch gears to give you their perspective on what is taking place on Wall Street.  Women leaders seeking a chance to be significant see the world through a lens of opportunity; they are especially in search of those opportunities previously unseen

    Nowadays, we see women running the house and also the work place which shows women are master multi-taskers and highly collaborative- not afraid to experiment and do trial and error. We also see the women leaders are now ready to invest in themselves and become good knowledge seekers. Women in leadership roles are ready for a challenge, and want all the fact and knowledge required before making decisions.

    Successful women leaders don’t rely on favors; they earn respect   and truly believe they can influence their own advancement by serving others. The women that we see around are understand their survival, renewal and reinvention. These women definitely believe in what they are doing and are not afraid to put their to test.

    Today’s women are opportunity driven and full of optimism. These women see the glass half fuller than half empty. Today’s women in leadership is strategic and passionate . You now see when women leaders are not satisfied with the status quo, they will want to make things better.  These women leaders get things done and avoid procrastination. They enjoy order and stability and a genuine sense of control. Today women have learned not to depend upon others for their advancement hence their passionate pursuits allow them to become potent pioneers of new possibilities.

    Today’s women have become entrepreneurs and are not afraid to take risks when assigned a task. Many women leaders find excitement and motivation by being extremely creative and resourceful when completing tasks and other duties and responsibilities.

    The most successful women leaders are big believers in team building and the enforcement of mission, goals and values to assure that everyone is on the same page with like intentions.  This secures a sense of continuity making it easier for everyone to have each other’s backs.  No wonder women are assuming more management and leadership roles in family owned businesses.

    Whether at home or at work, women are often the glue that keeps things together and that is why they represent great leadership. Women are usually the ones to secure the foundational roots of the family and to protect family and cultural traditions from wavering. They give the leadership within the home and in the workplace to assure that legacies remain strong by being fed with the right nutrients and ingredients.

    As rightly said by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence” women’s presence in leadership roles is definitely making an impact and the world today has started recognizing, appreciating and empowering women. Women have shown the world how they are great business leaders, and how their approach to business  is strikingly different from men, due to their unique skills and leadership approach.

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    Women in Leadership

    Women are capable of being an able leader in every aspect. It is not possible to respect the leadership unless one understands what qualities truly make a great leader. Studies and expert opinions say that women leaders are stronger than men leaders as they are more compassionate and successful in being an organized leader.

    While some are of the opinion that motherhood and family responsibilities are the prime career interruptions that makes it harder for women to compete for the top executive and powerful positions against their male counterparts.

    But it is just a matter of time to see a majority of women leaders in politics and business, since women leaders are strong-willed, hardworking and driven by a strong purpose. It is the identity crisis that exists in the workplace due to which the women leaders have been suffering for recognition.

    Many studies have proved that women make a better leader than their male counterpart. This is because they seamlessly manage during the time of crisis and they come up as experts by sensing the dangers before handed.

    Women in Leadership Today in India

    The pipeline for leadership of women has been widening in all areas around the globe. Women are able to deliver their full potential as they are well-organized, spiritually aligned and well-balanced.

    Many large scale businesses are lead by women in India and across the world. The true inspirational names of women leaders in India is a huge list,

    • Chanda Kochhar (CEO of ICICI Bank),
    • Shikha Sharma (CEO, Axis Bank),
    • Aruna Jayanthi (CEO, Capegemini),
    • Preetha Reddy (MD, Apollo Hospital Enterprises),
    • Mallika Srinivasan (CEO, TAFE),
    • Shobhna Bhartia (Chairman, HT Media) and many more.

    Indian politics too has opened its opportunities for women who aspire to become politicians. There are programmes that train women in pursuing knowledge and skills of becoming a political leader. Though there are several barriers for women taking up political office, there are programs to strengthen the capabilities and leadership skills.

    Indentifying Distinguished Qualities of Women Leaders

    It is time we reframe the gender issue. The university reports across the globe always show female students at a higher success rates in education. The statistics in most of the countries shows that women employee easily outperform their male peers.

    Yet, when it comes to top executives and power seats in an organization, women are underrepresented.

    The most important factor that needs to be considered to make the potential women have access to leadership positions are;

    1. Spread knowledge and educate all about second-generation gender bias
    2. Create comfort zone and safe work environment to handle the transition of position to bigger and powerful roles.
    3. Get to know how important the purpose of leadership is.

    Identifying the hidden leadership skills in women employees is yet another challenge for business leaders. Smart business leaders have adapted the methods of balancing both men and women leaders at the senior levels. But not everybody is educated in this aspect.

    Research studies have shown that women leaders have performed exceptionally well and have distinguishing features when compared to representative male leaders.

    1. Women leaders are lot more persuading; flexible and willing to interact to bring others to their point of view.
    2. Women leaders have a very unique approach in dealing with their disappointment. The sense of rejection usually turns into the bold and ambitious attitude to prove her.
    3. Women leaders have capacity of effectively building the team and considers all point of view for decision making.
    4. Women leaders have a tendency to take risks and challenges.
    5. The excellent reasoning skills give the ability to learn from mistakes.

    Taking inspiration from most Influential Women Leader in the world, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, when women recognize the aspect of leadership, they believe that #EveryWomanIsALeader

    When trained according to the requirements to face the equal competition of men colleagues, women easily happen to be great leaders.


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  • Women in Leadership

    Wage-gap, gender-based workplace policies, lack of flexibility, unsupportive childcare policies…the list is too long. Yet, in spite of all this and much more, women all over the world have been achieving success in all the fields that were considered purely male-dominated, just decades ago.


    Having entered the workplaces less than a century back, women have climbed up ladders and crossed uncountable hurdles with an astonishing speed. May it be arts, science or technology- women leaders are opening new doors and finding success in every field.


    Compared to men, women face extra challenges, but not without a pair of innate extra tools. Multi-tasking, which comes naturally to most women, is a great weapon to have as a leader. Being open to flexibility at work, women leaders are more accommodating and are providing chances to more and more people to come forward without any time, space restrictions.


    Women like Sheyrl Sandberg, Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar and Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, amongst many others; not only inspire women, they are the new role-models for them. Leading corporate companies, largest banks and pharmaceutical companies, they are breaking stereotypes and finding new walls to climb and girls all over the world finally have women other than Mother Teresa to aspire to.


    As we move forward into the future, this growth will just gain more and more momentum. And as women outside their homes strive for equality, the ones who stay back can hope for a better future soon too.