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Are Women in India Ready to Assume Leadership Roles?

February 10, 2015

Women leadersIt will not be wrong to say that the women leaders of the country are now working at par with their male counterparts. This is an era of people management and women leaders are now the key. They have carved a niche for themselves at all levels of hierarchy in companies across several business domains. Large corporations are now pitching in enthusiastically for the women leadership to retain and and revive the growth rate. The HR teams at several companies now strive for gender balance in the workplace.

At such a juncture when women are leading in all walks of life, there still exists issues where the female employees are quitting work for their families. While we see a significant number of women employees working in sectors like Banking, Engineering, IT, Medicine and Politics, their number dwindles as we move up the ladder. The conflict of interest and the family-work dilemma has long existed for the Indian women. The ones who have achieved a balance between the two are now the top leaders in the country.

We cannot miss the success stories of Shikha Sharma, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chanda Kochhar, Kiran Bedi, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Indira Nooyi, Vinita Bali, Brinda Karat and many more who are the living examples of professional as well as personal success.

India has no dearth of women leaders. However, there is a need to help more women become independent, give them more freedom to achieve their dreams and let them become successful so that they can shatter the glass ceiling. The country needs to put an end to the dichotomy, wherein we see women making a name for themselves as employees, employers, entrepreneurs, hoteliers and many more and at the same time we also witness women facing gender bias, gender inequality and family issues. Hence, not only the individual achievement is enough but also a collective effort from top leaders is critical to help their female peers advance in their career.

The problems faced by the women need to be acknowledged and addressed. After the problems are identified, the need arises to concentrate on the ways to overcome them.

Trust your Abilities without self-doubt and with Confidence

Pessimism is the biggest detriment for anyone. Believing yourself is the key to get rid of negative thoughts. Talking to family members and near ones will let you understand their mindset and only then you can make them believe why your career is important to you. Self-doubt is the only state of mind when people can influence your decisions. Do away with self-doubt and embrace the ability to showcase your potential, because that is when nothing in the world can stop you.

Learn the Art of Balancing

Another main issue with the Indian women is work-life balance. Women have several responsibilities as a mother, sister, wife, sister-in-law, mother-in-law and many more roles that they have to play. Hence, it is important for the women to realise that quitting is not the right choice. You need to know how to make the most of the time when you are at work or with your family.

Get Inspired and Motivate others

Women should not forget the fact that when they achieve success they are not only helping themselves but also inspiring thousands of others to tread the path for success despite all odds.

All the women leaders of our country have exhibited their talent in a balanced and a very successful way. There are several other potential leaders who have the ability to inspire and motivate others. And hence, it will not be wrong to say that even after all the hardships faced by the women, we have leaders who are leaving behind a distinguished leadership legacy, which indeed has proved to be a major highlight of the 21st century.

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