Traversing Barriers, Emerging Leaders

Mar 01, 2022

In this issue, we dig deeper into the practices and tools that may help mitigate the gaps in the perception of women’s leadership abilities.


Expert Speak

From the Editor's Desk...

It is spring! That time of the year when nature rewards itself with fresh blooms and a new lease of life.

Speaking of nature, have you ever wondered why nature is referred to as “feminine”? The answer to this may be long-winding and debatable. But as the world gets ready to celebrate feminine power in all its embodiments on March 8 - International Women’s Day, we take a detour from discussing piecemeal solutions. Reflecting upon the multifarious challenges that women face at the workplace, we discuss what holds them back from making it to the top.

Going beyond the traditional idea of leadership—often viewed through the masculine prism—we focus on the nuances of women leadership and the essentials to make way for a more equitable and inclusive world.

In our line-up, we dig deeper into the practices and tools that may help mitigate the gaps in the perception of women’s leadership abilities: 

  1. We have more women in leadership today, but are these numbers enough? Learn how organisations can holistically support women in embracing senior roles and grow through them.
  2. How can senior leaders extend their reach far beyond their sphere of influence? Gain insights into the symbiotic relationship between a sponsor and sponsee.
  3. Re-modelling gender roles in the agri-space goes beyond empowering women financially. Understand the advantages of nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset at the grassroots level through women-led collectives.
  4. Traversing each rung of the career ladder comes with its unique challenges and opportunities, compounded further if you’re a woman. Benefit from real-time advice and learnings of a woman leader.
  5. Going beyond the mandated CSR, can corporates achieve collective impact? Listen to our podcast to know about the shared value approach, maximising gains for both businesses and society.
  6. There is no secret sauce for that perfect career graph perhaps, but certain tools have proven to help accelerate one’s professional journey. Listen to our podcast to know more about these aides. 

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Stay safe!

Professor Saumya Sindhwani
Executive Director - Centre for Learning and Management Practice

Expert Speak


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Rural Women Collectives: A Step Towards an Able Future

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