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Women In Leadership Roles: Gender Diversity In The Workplace

By Jappreet Sethi

Why is gender diversity at the workplace important? One could cite any number of politically correct reasons. However, those have already been done to death by others. Also, they are not necessarily why gender diversity at the workplace – especially in leadership positions – is essential.

Women Leaders In the Workplace

Our workplaces need gender diversity because men and women are, by nature wired differently. In other words, each gender comes with some unique capabilities (and also ‘incapabilities’). This has a direct bearing on leadership abilities.

To elaborate on this:

Man lives and operates by logic and reason, while woman is also driven by emotion and the heart. This is, in fact, the more dangerous and therefore more courageous path. Man tends to choose the rational path because it is usually also the safer one.

Woman chooses the precarious path of emotions and sentiments. (This is why women have always found it difficult to live in a man-made society driven by the safe paths of reason and logic.)

The qualities that define a woman are trust, sincerity, truthfulness and authenticity. In times of conflict, such as in war, these qualities do not work well. History has been defined by power struggles and wars, which is where the man’s abilities to be forceful, devious and ruthless served a larger purpose. This is why it now appears to be a male-dominated world.

However, man’s strengths are far more primitive than those of woman. As humanity evolves, it emerges that man’s qualities are those that shaped the past, while woman’s qualities are those that will shape the future.

Both serve their purpose, so there is no question of one gender being superior to another. However, there is a subtle difference in abilities. This difference is the one we perceive between what abilities it takes to build a city, and the ones needed to build a society.

Woman should never try to imitate man, because imitation is always imitation – never equality. There are unique qualities of female leadership that the most effective women leaders possess:

  • Women leaders are more believable and persuasive
  • They have a stronger desire to get things done and are more willing to take risks than male leaders
  • Women leaders are more empathetic and flexible, as well as stronger in interpersonal skills than their male counterparts. This helps them to read situations accurately and take information in from all sides
  • Women leaders are more effective at bringing others around to their point of view,  because they genuinely understand and care about where others are coming from
  • Women leaders demonstrate a more inclusive, team-building leadership style of problem solving and decision-making
  • Women leaders are more likely to ignore rules and take risks
  • Women are more capable of turning challenges into opportunities

The leadership style of women is not simply unique but possibly also more valuable in business. The male approach of domination as a leadership style is becoming less and less popular. There is a new growing appreciation of the traits that women use to keep families together and to organize volunteers to unite and make change in the shared life of communities.

These qualities of shared leadership, nurturance and doing good for others are today not only sought after but also required to make a difference in the world. The woman’s way of leading includes helping the world to understand and be principled about values that really matter.

© Jappreet Sethi has over a decade of experience across various facets of HR and holds a masters degree in Sociology. He is a certified black belt in Six sigma and has certifications in various psychometric instruments like MBTI, FIRO and CPI. Jappreet is also extensively trained in group dynamics and leadership development using behavioral labs. Visit the Human Resources Blog for more tips and information.

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Leading Indian Business Women Confirm Participation At The Women In Leadership Forum In Mumbai This October 2011

Mumbai, July 25th 2011 – Leading business information group, naseba, has announced dates for the Indian edition of their global Women in Leadership (WIL) Series. It is returning to the country’s financial capital on October 13th – 14th 2011, and is being held at the JW Marriott in Mumbai.

WIL is a cutting-edge platform for businesswomen from all backgrounds, industry sectors and countries around the world. Amongst the delegates in attendance will be top Indian and global businesswomen, industry visionaries, leading politicians, knowledge thought leaders and entrepreneurs.

Women's conference

According to US corporate law firm Dickstein Shapiro: “Companies that increase the number of women in leadership roles have a competitive advantage. Compared with the median companies in their industries, organisations with a higher number of women executives performed better with respect to profits as a percentage of revenue, by a range of 18 to 69 percent.”

In line with the theme for this year’s conference: “My career – a cornerstone of my identity” – renowned personalities have been confirmed as speakers for the two days. These include: Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC India; Sangita Singh, Senior Vice President, Wipro Technologies; Vibha Pinglé, President and Founder, Ubuntu at Work; Shahnaz Husain, Chairperson, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, and Marsha Gabriel, CSI Advisor and CEO, The Helping Hand Network /CSI Congress, South Africa.

Over the past few decades, women’s roles and their development in India have experienced tremendous change. They are venturing way beyond the traditional responsibilities of wife and mother, as a career is now an integral part of a woman’s identity.

The 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India provides a suitable networking platform for businesswomen from across India and abroad, where they can discuss and celebrate their important role in today’s competitive society,” said Sophie Le Ray, CEO of naseba.

Official partners confirming their participation so far are Monster India, Radio City, Femina, Naree.com and Business Wire India.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” enthused Priya Florence Shah, Editor of Naaree.com and a successful internet publisher. “I completely support this event and believe it is high time India’s women achievers had a platform of their own. We enthusiastically invite all businesswomen in India to be part of this.”

The forum culminates with the prestigious WIL Achievement Awards in partnership with Monster India. The ceremony recognises the achievements of prominent businesswomen and gender diverse organisations.

Media Contacts:

Mitha Ittycheriah, Marketing Manager

Email: mithai@naseba.com; Tel: 080 3022 2017

Event Details:

Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India

Date: October 13th – 14th

Log on to www.wilforumindia.com to register

About NASEBA

naseba produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions targeting executive level attendees across multiple industries. Each event is focused on re-education, networking and creating a deal-flow platform for all participating organisations. Whether it is raising capital, expanding to a new market, vendor sales contracts or sourcing a strategic partner, naseba facilitates and supports clients’ business development.

Our team of experts conducts extensive research in conjunction with recognised thought leaders to ensure that all events are relevant, timely and at the forefront of market and industry trends.

naseba collaborates with leading media, industry and local authorities, such as International Data Corporation (IDC), International Business Consultancy Group (IBCG), Saudi Trading and Resources Co. Ltd. (STAR Group Holdings), HIL International Lawyers & Advisers (HIL), International Herald Tribune, CNBC Arabia, Zawya, Council of Saudi Chambers, Asharqia Chamber, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, Ministry of Health – UAE, Ministry of Economy – UAE, Ministry of Environment and Water – UAE, Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning – Qatar, Privatization and Investment Board (PIB) – Libya, Principality of Monaco, Singapore Tourism Board, Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad, Department of Civil Aviation – Malaysia and many others.

Since its inception in France in 2002, naseba has organised over 400 events and played host to 58,000 executive delegates globally. Operating from four strategically located offices, naseba has on-the-ground presence in Monaco, Cairo, Riyadh, Dubai, Bangalore and Kuala Lumpur.

For more information on naseba, please visit www.naseba.com

Naaree.com Chosen As Official Media Partner For The 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India 2011

PUNE, July 18, 2011: Naaree.com, the top online magazine for women in India with a focus on career and business issues, has been chosen as an official media partner for the 2nd Annual Women In Leadership Forum to be held in Mumbai from October 13-14, 2011.

The Women In Leadership event is the brainchild of NASEBA, which produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions the world over. WIL has been successfully groomed into a cutting-edge platform for businesswomen from all backgrounds, industry sectors and locations around the world.

Naaree logo“The purpose of this event is to provide a suitable meeting-ground and networking platform for businesswomen from across India and abroad to discuss and celebrate their important role in today’s competitive society,” says Mitha Ittycheriah, Marketing Manager at NASEBA.

The 2nd Annual Women In Leadership Forum will provide yet another opportunity for the stalwarts and rising stars of India’s businesswomen cadre to exchange information, create new business connections and make the most of the vast field of opportunity before them today.

The event will culminate with the prestigious Women in Leadership Achievement Awards, which recognise the achievements of prominent businesswomen and gender diverse organizations.

Among the confirmed speakers for the 2nd Annual Women in Leadership Forum India 2011 are:

• Naina Lal Kidwai, Group General Manager & Country Head – HSBC India
• Sangita Singh, Senior Vice President – Wipro Technologies, Healthcare, Life sciences and Services
• Marsha Gabriel, CSI Advisor and CEO – The Helping Hand Network /CSI Congress – South Africa
• Vibha Pinglé, President and Founder – Ubuntu at Work (Worldwide)
• Shahnaz Husain, Chairperson, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies

“We are very excited about this partnership,” states Priya Florence Shah, editor of Naaree.com and a successful Internet publisher since 2001. “I completely support this event and believe it is high time India’s women achievers have a platform of their own. We enthusiastically invite all businesswomen in India to be part of this event.”

EVENT DETAILS:
Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India
Date: October 13th – 14th
Log on to www.wilforumindia.com to register

About NASEBA:
NASEBA produces, promotes and hosts business summits, professional training courses and business exhibitions targeting executive level attendees across multiple vertical industries. Each event is focused on re-education, networking and creating a ‘deal-flow’ platform for all participating organisations. NASEBA works in partnership with leading media, industry and local authorities such as Since its inception in France in 2002, naseba has organised over 350 events and played host to 52,000 executive delegates globally.

About NAAREE.COM
NAAREE.COM is an online magazine for career and business women in India. It aims to help the new Indian woman get in touch with her own needs, and achieve balance and harmony in all areas of her life. NAAREE.COM offers resources and information for Indian women to empower themselves, connect with other women, experience their feminine power and nurture themselves, in body, mind and spirit. It empowers the Indian woman to be proud of who she is and become a force for change in the world.

Grooming Leadership Talent

Career Development For Women: Skills You Need To Succeed

It has been established long ago that men and women are psychologically very different. They want different things, they have different needs and they tend to perceive the same things differently.

These psychological differences play key roles in determining one’s career path. Even on the professional front, women need a set of skills, somewhat different from their male counterparts, in order to succeed in their career.

  • Leadership Skills

For career development of women, this is the most important trait to guarantee success and growth in a career. From time immemorial, women have been dominated by men in every aspect of their lives.

Even if we shout ourselves hoarse about women’s equality and liberalization, in reality, these concepts are applied only in few parts of the world, and that too, among few people.

As a working woman you need to start cultivating your own leadership qualities and demonstrating them, even if it’s in a small way, to make your colleagues take you seriously. Then, your opinions would start to matter more at crucial juncture’s of your career.

Developing leadership skills would also ensure and better opportunities at the workplace, but it means you must also be prepared to take on bigger responsibilities.

  • A Positive Attitude

This is a quality that acts as a woman’s guide through every challenge that she would have to face during the span of her career. Having a positive frame of mind boosts one’s self confidence and instills the strength to face unfavorable situations, biases and discrimination.

A woman with a positive outlook is more likely to take things in her stride and sail through the situation with poise and grace instead of letting her self-esteem take a blow.

While some people are optimistic by nature, a positive attitude is a trait can be cultivated with time and practice. It is also one of the most important skills taught in any program that focuses on career development for women.

  • Be a Learner

No matter how many degrees we earn, as far as life’s experiences are concerned, we forever remain students. There are certain things that any woman in a professional field would have to face, and most of these are not taught in business schools.

There might be some setbacks in a woman’s career path, some phases when things just refuse to look up. Instead of crying over it, quickly analyze what went wrong and why. Then learn not to repeat them in similar situations in future. Be open to new ideas and changing trends as adaptability can take you a long way in your professional success.

  • Promote Yourself

Marketing yourself well acts as a catalyst in career development for women. Men usually do not have hang ups in taking credit for their positive contribution to the company. Women, however, are brought up to be modest and often feel hesitant to take credit for their contributions to the organization.

Whatever the reason for this may be, you need to overcome your fears and limitations and start promoting yourself strategically, especially with the use of facts and figures that support your achievements. Honesty and hard work need to be adequately supplemented with business acumen in order to climb the ladder to success.

  • Good Business Etiquette

Punctuality, the right body language, keen observation and listening abilities are some of the ground rules of thriving in the corporate world. They come in handy during business trips or boardroom meetings, as well as for socializing and networking. Seemingly minor things like a firm handshake can make or break a woman’s impression in front of other people.

Make it a point to learn good business etiquette, especially when socializing with people from other cultures and nations. Those women who invest in their own personal development and learn to present themselves well in front of others, are the ones who are given preference at promotion time.

The bottom line is that career development goes hand in hand with personal and self-development. As you grow in experience and wisdom, so will your career.

© Naaree.com