Despite these setbacks and difficulties, many of us succeed in the workplace, and go on to hold positions of power and influence. But how many of us think about giving something back, by helping other women who are struggling below us?
The concept of “pay it forward” is well known. The rules are simple – when good things happen to you, you pay forward the good fortune you’ve had by doing something for someone else. This is not positive discrimination - this is giving other women a helping hand.
Men often shout louder then women, and they are more inclined to “fake it till they make it”. Women, on the other hand, tend to need more encouragement. If we see unsung potential in women who are struggling to be heard, we should listen.
Many companies have male dominated senior management teams. While there are obvious exceptions, a male bias can create a particularly aggressive type of culture, which women can find difficult to navigate. Even if we are tempted to be more aggressive to “fit in”, we don’t need to be. Let us find our own voice and trust that it will be heard.
Having a mentor is an awesome thing. Having a female mentor is even better. Empathy. Understanding. “Been there, done that”. Consider giving some of your time to help, guide, mentor and inspire women, when they need it most. Having this kind of support can be a game changer.
Men usually shout louder than women. And unlike many other countries, India is a very “shouty” culture. Often, our voices get lost in all that sound and fury. Additionally, women often find it difficult to talk about their achievements. If you’re a female leader, create opportunities for the quieter ones to be heard and help showcase their successes.
Companies often don’t want to embrace more flexible working styles, which suit new mothers and women returning to the workforce. They prefer to have their employees where they can see them – it’s all about being there rather than being productive. Women are often cited as brilliant multi-taskers – we are used to keeping many balls in the air, and there’s no reason why we can’t be super effective when working remotely. Let’s start more flexible trends in our own companies.
She has been on the management team of Vinati Organics Limited since 2006 and balances the technical/manufacturing execution with her marketing abilities combined with new age aggression.