Editorial September 2015

Editorial September 2015

editorial-mainIS IT THE GENETICS OF A WOMAN OR THE MINDSET OF THE MAN?

It is high time that we should really judge women by what they do and not by what they wear. Its not always just about the pretty face and the culinary skills that she exhibits; or the way she raises the child and also at times the doormat in the house. She does mostly these things quite flawlessly.

The fact also is women are doing exceptionally well and then there’s another fact: that women are not. They are struggling and suffering to stay afl oat. Who do we blame it for? Is it the genetics of a woman or the mindset of the man?

The rights provided to women are a serious indicator to understand the global well being. And we are yet too far from it. Global Women’s treaty was ratifi ed few decades ago by majority of world’s nation. Despite many successes in the endeavor of empowering women, various issues still persist, ranging from economic to political, social to cultural. It’s purely the mindset that sets everything on the back foot. Women often work far more than men, yet are paid less. Gender discrimination affects women throughout their lives even in the most developed nations.

My years of experience in the corporate and business world and experience with working over 5000 people and organizations of various degrees to principles, ideologies to culture, I have experienced women to be far more effective than men in many ways. This is in spite of various limitations that women in India have. Primarily dominated by family and social driven restrictions. Global researches suggest that though 25- 35 percent of organizations’ employ women at lower levels, only 3-4% of worlds top organizations’ have women as their CEO’s. I fail to understand this ratio. And I really blame the mindset. One of the most popular beliefs inside organizations of preferring men over women for the top jobs is the uncertainty attached with a woman. Its often believed that women are dominated by their family opinion and hence they can quit anytime. So can men. There is no certainty in anything. Its an organizations’ duty to empower women. And the fact is why shouldn’t they?

The truth is Women defi nitely have the requisites of being a better leader. And time and again they have proved it when given the right chance and opportunity. According to global studies women exhibit better communications, better teamwork, higher integrity and honesty, better community development, greater relationship developments and most importantly far greater work ethics. I guess that is enough of a proof that women are ideally suited for most roles in anyone’s life.

This issue is a salutation to all the women who break the stereotype and have proved time and again that they are leaders who did everything because they wished to. Its as simple, when there’s a will, there is a way. It’s also a message to all other aspiring women that if you want to be successful, you will have to do it. For men and women alike there will be boundaries and limitations. But when will takes over, everything gets possible.

At WCRC we believe in this cause very strongly and an issue was equally important. Last years’ issue in WCRC Leaders Asia on Women Empowerment across Asia made the featured women deliver better and I believe this year shall add more value.