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Women Leaders, Define, Design And Project Who You Really Are

As a leader of your organisation, YOU are the one people look up to everyday. YOU are the person that other people see, and YOU are who you are. How do you as a leader use this to your advantage?

12977620_sPassing out orders to other people is as easy as distributing business cards. But true leaders know how to lead themselves. A woman emerges a prudent leader when she becomes a working constituent of the overall setup of a business. It is important that a leader possesses the ability to self-motivate themselves while motivating others.

Women are more adept in managing crisis, they are more conservative in matters involving money and they have time and again proved to be the best in managing clients and inter team relationships.

These qualities that a woman leader inherently possesses, help in accelerating the growth of corporate strategies.

Women As Leaders In Business

While management is about perfecting existing things, leadership changes the way things or people work, bringing an overall improvement in the performance of any business.

You as a leader can inspire your peers to do things they think are impossible, help them resolve indecision or conflicts, work to solve problems and assist them develop a sense of emotional literacy.

Organisations around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential of women in terms of their skill sets, experience and composition.

With their abilities to avert risk and focus on long term matters, women leaders in the field of business are expected to bring about better growth that is more result oriented than being process driven. This was what the result of a study, focused on the emergence of women business leaders revealed.

Developing Leadership Qualities

  • Establish an unfeigned sense of commitment

To be a true leader, our sense of commitment should be much deeper than our company slogans written on boards. Establish a plan to achieve success and develop the ability to measure it.

  • Lead yourself

To be a true example to others, it is important to develop the ability to focus and motivate yourself, as you motivate them.

  • Be receptive

In business, sticking on to principles or decisions that gave success in the past is an age old practice and it can still be applied today. However, a genuine leader is also open to new ideas and recognizes that there are better ways to do things.

  • Keep learning

Leadership skills do not grow out of any sudden epiphany. Though we might come up with great ideas, being a genuine leader also means ever-learning. Reading books, attending seminars and a casual chat with colleagues on their views on different matters, can help us define and appreciate success in a better way.

  • Do not be unnecessarily restrictive

If you are a leader, then it is most probable that you already have a good workforce under you. Some leaders often unwittingly lay down a system of rules that are unnecessary and restrictive. Cutting on monarchic practices will help you influence the people whom you work with, in a genuine way.



21st Century Business Women: 7 Essential Key Characteristics

By Howard Haller

When the first generation of women entered the workforce in earnest in the 1970s, they succeeded in the only way they could – by imitating men. Authoritarian leadership and tight control was the hallmark of that day’s businessman, and women were not exactly welcomed into the ranks of management.

Woman Business LeaderWell ladies, that was yesterday, and today is today! Forget what your mama or your boss told you, because following the rules can be bad for your career.  Today’s CEO or entrepreneur can no longer tap his/her company’s full potential using a “command-and-control” style.

The 21st century business woman needs to be able to build a vision based on the awareness of economic transformation, then help her partners and staff fulfill that vision.  She must draw on a wide range of skills to get to the top and stay there.  Following are 7 Key Characteristics that are essential:

  • Sell the Vision

A leader with a fresh, independent plan for her company’s growth and future has a distinct advantage in luring and keeping great talent and investors.  Vision is not some lofty ideal, but an obtainable concept that is easy to understand and will make the company grow to another level.

  • Reinvent the Rules

While women have traditionally been socialized to please others, the 21st century leader knows that good girls rarely post great returns.  The strong managers/owners today not only anticipate change, they create entirely new organizations that respond to shifts and search for innovation.

  • Achieve With A Laser Focus

Go where others fear to tread! Being aggressive and ambitious has long been considered male traits, but they are key qualities for new leaders.  Today’s business woman has the ability to home in on opportunities that others may simply not see, and then excel in that uncharted territory.

  • Use High-Touch in a High-Tech Era

When a number of leaders are conducting business by e-mail, voice mail, passwords, and PINs, the female entrepreneur succeeds because she guides with a strong, personal, bed-side manner. Today’s business woman is just as technologically savvy as her peers, but her skill with staff and customers is “high-touch” which gives her a critical edge and separation from the “pack”.

  • Challenge or Opportunity?

Women are great at turning a challenge into an opportunity instead of using the “slash-and-burn” approach.  They are able to make bold strokes, but they also win the cooperation of others in the organization in making any transformation a success.

  • A Customer Preference Obsession

In this information age which makes it easier to shop around for the best “whatever”, businesses must work harder to give people what they want before their competitors do.  There is no substitute for spending time with clients to become expert at their businesses and learn their demands.  Female leaders are almost intuitively adept in doing just that, and without the client even suspecting.

  • Courage Under Fire

Show me any career woman or female entrepreneur today that isn’t able to “stand-the-heat” in any tough-call situation.  Their decision-making skills are rooted in a high level of confidence, because they’ve had to weather and surpass any and all “corporate” storms they’ve encountered over time.

It takes a certain mind-set and bravado for anyone to start their own business and succeed, but it’s even more difficult for a female entrepreneur.  Let’s face it, ladies!  We’ve always had to be twice-as-smart and twice-as-confident as any male counterpart in the corporate world.  After all, if we can bear and raise the future generation, how can running a successful business scare us?

© 2007 Howard Haller

Howard Edward Haller, Ph.D. is the Chief Enlightenment Officer of the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho based The Leadership Success Institute. Dr. Haller has over 35 years of proven successful business leadership experience, including over 20 years as a Senior Vice President, President, or CEO in major public companies. He will be turning is leadership Doctoral dissertation into a book titled: “Leadership: View From the Shoulders of Giants” To find out more go to today!

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The Top 10 Inspiring Women Business Leaders In India

Businesswomen in India have come a long way from the days of garage enterprises and now manage companies with turnovers of thousands of crores. Here are 10 of the most inspiring women in business who embody the spirit of leadership in India.

  • Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

The gutsy Mazumdar-Shaw is one of the most famous and inspiring women entrepreneurs in India. She single-handedly converted her start-up worth Rs.10,000, functioning out of her garage to the Rs.2,100 crore worth Biocon Pvt Ltd. as we know it today. For her contributions to the field of biotechnology, Mazumdar-Shaw is also known as the “Biotech Queen”.

  • Ekta Kapoor

Kapoor is the face of the Indian soap opera and serials industry. Born in an affluent “filmy” family, she suffered from low self-esteem due to obesity.

But with sheer grit and determination, she laid the foundation for Balaji Telefilms and gradually took the Indian households by storm with its cult serials like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki”, “Kasautii Zindagi Ki” and more.

She has also forayed into film production and is credited with producing successful ventures like “Kya Kool Hain Hum” and the recent, “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” and “Once Upon a Time in Mumbai”.

  • Sunita Narain

Narain is a political activist as well as an environmentalist, and one of the movers and shakers behind the concept of sustainable development.

She received the prestigious Padma Shri award from the Government of India, in 2005, for the contributions she made in her field. Presently, she is the Director of both, Society for Environmental Communications and Centre for Science and Environment of India.

  • Neelam Dhawan

Dhawan is a successful woman leader in the field of Information Technology in India. As the Managing Director of Microsoft India, she currently leads the sales and marketing operations in the country.  However, her journey to the list of top women entrepreneurs has not been an easy one. She was rejected from FMGC giants like, Asian Paints and Hindustan Lever as they did not want a woman in their marketing division.

  • Naina Lal Kidwai

This Padma Shri winner has put India in the global map of banking by becoming the first woman ever to head a foreign bank on Indian shore. She is the Country Head and Group General Manager of HSBC, India. She is also the first Indian woman to pass out from Harvard Business School (in 1982).

  • Sulajja Firodia Motwani

This spunky woman is the force behind Kinetic Engineering Ltd and Kinetic Motors. A fitness freak who played Badminton at a national level, her name is listed among the top 25 entrepreneurs in India and she is the recipient of Society Young Achiever’s Award for Business in 2002.

  • Dr. Jatinder Kaur Arora

Arora holds a Doctorate degree in Microbiology and is the recipient of National Award for her immense contribution towards the development of women through science and technology. Currently, she is a joint director in the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology.

  • Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi

As the executive officer and chairperson of PepsiCo, she stands tall as the world’s fourth most powerful woman in Forbes’ 2011 list. In 2006 she had achieved the same feat and was also termed as the #1 Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune magazine.

Nooyi graduated from Madras Christian College in 1974 and got a Business Diploma from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Later, she went on to do higher studies from the Yale School of Management.

  • Priya Paul

One of the most distinguished woman entrepreneurs in India, Paul heads the Apeejay Park Hotel chain as their Chairperson. This Economics graduate from Wellesley College (USA) started working in the company as Marketing Manager under her father, Mr. Surrendra Paul, before succeeding him in 1990 as the Chairperson, following his death.

  • Ritu Nanda Kapoor

As the daughter of Bollywood legend, Raj Kapoor, her blood ties with the most prominent film family of India have made her one of the most recognizable women entrepreneurs, but there is no denying the hard work she put in to bring up the well-known insurance company, Escolife Pvt. Ltd.

She entered the Guinness Book of World Records by managing to sell 17,000 pension policies in one day. Now, her company boasts of a clientele of over 55,000, and was awarded the titles of “Brand Ambassador” and “Best Insurance Advisor of the Decade”, by Life Insurance Corporation (LIC), India’s largest life insurance company.


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Top Indian Women Business Leaders: Naina Lal Kidwai

Being declared the third most powerful business woman in the world by the leading global magazine Fortune is no mean feat. If not for Naina Lal Kidwai’s charismatic aura, boundless talent and constant perseverance, this achievement would hardly have been possible.

Naina Lal Kidwai, Indian Woman Business Leader

Naina Lal Kidwai currently working as the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC Bank, India, has given new meaning and horizon to achievement. Standing tall as every modern woman’s inspiration she is worth every word of appreciation coming her way. Here is taking a closer look at this epitome of success.

  • Early Life:

Naina was born in 1957 and has been brought up in Delhi and Mumbai, completing her schooling from Shimla. Her father was the CEO of a top insurance company. After having completed her schooling, she studied Economics from the prestigious Lady Sri Ram College of Delhi University.

Following this she acquired a degree in MBA from Harvard University. She is apparently the first Indian Woman to graduate from The Harvard University. Right from school Naina was a go-getter, topping her classes, excelling in co-curricular and sports, it was the beginning of the making of a legend.

  • Career Milestones:

Naina has worked with top-notch firms like Morgan Stanley and ANZ Grindlays before starting to work with HSBC. Due to her talent of a broker of financial agreements between investors and firms she has financed top IT firms like Infosys, Wipro etc.

She has been a non executive director for Nestle SA, Global Advisor for Harvard Business School etc. She is also a National Advisory Board member of AIESEC a youth driven organization. At HSBC she started as the vice chairman and has steadily reached her current position. She is also said to be the first woman to head the Indian Branch of a foreign Bank.

  • Accolades:

Naina’s biggest award would unquestioningly be her sheer brilliance, rest are only subsidiaries to it. She has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award for her contribution to trade and industry in India.

She has been given honorable mentions by leading magazines of the world as one of the most powerful business women in today’s age. She has been awarded with numerous national and international honors for her outstanding work. She is also said to be the highest paid banker in the country.

  • Personal Life:

She is married to Rashid Kidwai, managing director of a non-profit organization. They have two kids together. Renowned writer and director Mira Nair is a dear friend of hers. Issues like women empowerment, livelihood of women in rural areas are extremely close to her heart.

She is a huge nature lover and feels deeply for the environment. Anything from trekking to the Himalayas or just enjoying wildlife is bliss for her. Inside the bubble of her charisma she is a normal woman, taking care of her family, balancing the two ends of life, listening to music and living life on her own accord.

The leader in her was born at a time when women were only lead by the men of this patriarchal society. Being the true leader she is, she has always encouraged and promoted supportive team effort. She along with carving a path for herself left a trail for thousands others. And there she stands today, the formidable figure of glory.


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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.

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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, and Business Wire India.

“We are very excited about this partnership,” enthused Priya Florence Shah, Editor of 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:; Tel: 080 3022 2017

Event Details:

Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India

Date: October 13th – 14th

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

PUNE, July 18, 2011:, 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 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.”

Venue: JW Marriott, Mumbai, India
Date: October 13th – 14th
Log on to to register

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.

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.