idea posted by
Lakshminarayanan.P Vice president, American University of India
With the changing economic situations, more and more women are taking up higher positions. This is a similar case in India too. The most interesting and wonderful thing is that we have women entrepreneurs as well as leaders in the corporate India.
Some shining women in the shining India include:
• Indra nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo International
• Kiran Mazumdar Shaw of Biocon
• Noted artist Shabana Azmi
Much to our surprise, we found that overall, and in most (but not all)
engineering disciplines, women earn engineering degrees at rates equal to or
higher than those for men. But the number of women enrolling in engineering
is so small that even if all of them stuck with the major, we would still
observe serious female under-representation. In a nutshell, the number of
women studying engineering is simply too small. The real problem is low
enrollment, not low retention. The implications are clear. Recruitment
efforts are coming up woefully short. Is it because they are insufficient,
ineffective, or both?
The current working engineers expressed that only fewer work-life benefits
are available to them. Work-role uncertainly and a work environment that
consistently undermined them can be said to be the factors that most
negatively influence women's satisfaction level at work.
Most women engineers contemplate on quitting their job when they feel a lack
of confidence in their abilities and fail to manage multiple roles. Leaving
job seems to be the only option for women when they are not being positive
about the outcomes they expect from their engineering tasks.
There are theories which state that the leadership styles of women and men differ a lot. It’s not the style but the ability to handle the problems well, take care of the people, see that the business capitalizes on its strengths and drives away from the competitor’s web. There is an old adage which says women are less assertive and cannot show their anger and power in public. But this is not the case these days. Times change and as do women. Women tend to change depending on the style of management and necessity. Assertiveness and soft but tough attitudes are necessary to keep up their positions and handle the work pressure and the people in the organization.
With days passing on and on, there will certainly be pages on the greatness of our Indian women leadership, their traits and attitudes, the winning cases and the daring ones from which there is a lot to learn