Career Tips from Female Corporate Leaders

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Vinita Bali, Jayashri Ramamurti, Indra Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar….and the list goes endless! I am sure, you all are known to these renowned personalities. Some of these prominent ladies might be a source of inspiration for many of you. These women have not only worked hard, but also get success in making their identity in the male dominated corporate world. Can you mark out what makes them different?

Here are some of the strategies that these leaders applied in their professional life and reached to the present position.

Chanda Kochhar

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ICICI Bank Ltd.

She is the first woman to lead ICICI Bank, the largest private bank of India. The bank won “Excellence in Retail Banking Award” in 2002 and “Best Retail Bank in India” award in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005, under the headship of Mrs. Chanda Kochhar.

According to Mrs. Chanda, women should avoid to avow their womanhood, if they want an equal treatment. Excuses, like “I will not take a trip because I am a woman,” or “I have to leave the office early because I am a woman.” exhibits that you are considering yourself weaker than males. So, escape from giving such excuses. Women need to work hard than men, as women have to juggle between family and career. According to Kochhar, they (women) should go on with their work only if they don’t deem it encumber.

Jayashri Ramamurti

Head of Human Resources for Engineering and Product, Google India.

Jayashri holds a view that productivity is directly proportional to the fun quotient. Work environment also impacts employee’s efficiency.

According to Ramamurti,women should voice their problems. People will not understand what you want, until and unless, you don’t communicate your concerns with them. For maintaining a work- life balance, women should seek help of others.         

Vinita Bali

Managing Director, Britannia Industries Ltd.

She won “Business Woman of the Year” at Economic Times Awards in the year 2009. She was also awarded the “Corporate Social Responsibility Award” for her work with the Britannia Nutrition Foundation.

According to Bali, women should not focus on what other people perceive about them. Believe in yourself! A woman has to make more adjustments than a man to manage a work- life balance. In India, job opportunities are more in comparison to the qualified people. So, women need not to agonize about jobs, as long as they are good at their work.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd.

India’s biotech queen. She is India’s first women entrepreneur in the field of biotech and richest women of the country. For her significant contributions in biotechnology, she was honored with “Padmabhushan”, India’s highest civilian award.

According to her, rather than being visionary, a leader must have realistic missions. A leader should be passionate and inspirational for the team. By understanding the importance of personal re-invention and self-reliance, a woman can lead the world!

Shobhana Bhartia

Chairperson and Editorial Director, The Hindustan Times.

Recently, she has been appointed as the Pro-Chancellor of BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science), Pilani. Also, she has been elected as the member of Rajya Sabha. The World Economic Forum honored Bhartia with “Global Leader of Tomorrow Award” in 1996.

According to Shobhana, punctuality and time management is the key to get success in your career. Women can spare quality time for themselves and their family by prioritizing the routine activities.

No doubt, the career tips and success mantra of these women leaders would help in your career.