11 Jul

Women in leadership

Women in leadership

 “If you want something said, ask a man;

If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcho

Gender differences occur in many aspects of a person’s life whether it is culture, politics, occupation, family and relationships, or the economy. Gender inequality is a major predicament across the globe. Women are seen as the weaker sex who can’t handle stress in a corporate environment as effectively as men. Women empowerment needs to take a high speed to equalize the value of both genders. Inequalities between men and women in the society generate lots of tribulations which become an obstruction to the success of a nation. The society needs to understand and eliminate the main cause of the malpractices against women which are patriarchal and it needs to be open-minded and change the old mind set against women together with the constitutional and other legal provisions to bring women empowerment in the society.

This scenario however, has taken a back foot in the 21st century. Women empowerment across the globe is one of the most remarkable revolutions because of the extent of its change; women who were once dependent on men have taken control of their own fates. Women are now being recognized for their exceptional success in the male dominated corporate world. Women have shown the world that they are great business leaders, and how their approach to business is strikingly different from men, due to their unique skills and leadership approach. They are spearheading most of the leading companies by virtue of their attributes. Educated women are just on the threshold from tradition to modernity. It’s no longer a taboo in the urban areas for women to work and assume leadership positions. In fact, they are proving to the world that they are undoubtedly the best, be it business, politics or home.

The number of successful women leaders has increased over the past years. Women have always been the epitome of beauty, strength and intelligence. The success of women across the globe has proven that they have earned this reputation very deservingly. Following are a few examples of women who have carved a niche for themselves in a male dominated society:

  • Indra Nooyi: CEO of the world’s second largest corporation, Pepsico was named 4th on the 2008 and 2009 by Forbes as the most powerful woman in business
  • Chanda Kochhar: MD & CEO of India’s largest private bank ICICI
  • Neelam Dhawan: a prominent figure in the IT Sector; MD of Hewlett Packard who is now an inspiration for many
  • Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook and another trailblazing global woman leader
  • Beatrice Guillaume-Grabisch: CEO of Beverage Partners Worldwide, the global ready-to-drink tea beverages joint-venture between The Coca-Cola Company and Nestle S.A
  • Jacki Kelley: COO of Bloomberg Media Group was named one of Crain’s New York Business’s 50 Most Powerful Women in New York in 2013, one Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising and was number one on Business Insider’s 30 Most Powerful Women in Advertising list

Along with the above, there are many more examples of women leaders which prove that they have worked against all odds to attain these positions.

Some common values vital to the success of women as leaders are:-

  • Women are opportunity experts– They have the ability to see an opportunity in everything & everyone and give their ideas life and inspire others to do the same.
  • Women are networking professionals– They are masters of navigation and putting their ideas to test is their gift which they do through networking.
  • Women seek to be relationship specialists– They are specialists at cultivating relationships that are purposeful, genuine and meaningful.
  • Women are natural givers– They enjoy their lives through a cause that serves the advancement and acceleration of societal needs. According to forbes.com, most of the non-profit organizations are run by women, which infer that women are socially conscious leaders.

Feminist leadership is a goal; and it is a style. Women who aspire to, and end up in leadership positions bring to these positions values and characteristics that helps them attain leadership goals.