#CelebrateingtheRainbow at the workplace – share your stories of Pride!
With the scope for Women Leadership becoming immense, are we as women ready to take the plunge? Here is a personal account of the author on Women Leadership and its essence that will be handy.
These 12 themes of women’s leadership come from lived experience in the world of work.
Professionally, I am grateful to the enriching and fulfilling assignments I have had over the last 16 years and the exposure I have gained in multiple facets of talent management. The opportunity to work with diverse groups and great business leaders helped me nourish my thought process.
Like other working women, I’ve experienced great times and challenging moments and I do believe these have shaped my outlook to life. The narrative below captures these reminiscences from my career around 12 themes.
As MJ Akbar once signed off, “Shahrazad, to a life that matches the Arabian nights” and I decided to live to that!
I would like to end with a quote from Paulo Coelho, “What is success? It is being able to go to bed each night with your soul at peace knowing you did your best” and to me that’s what’s important – that you tried.
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Shahrazad Zaid (Sherry), age 38 years
Born in Calcutta and having spent over 25 years of my life in Bangalore, I would call myself a Bangalorean. Married to a coffee planter and mother to a read more...
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My supervisor introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As a transwoman navigating the corporate world, I had encountered my fair share of discrimination and challenges. Transitioning without the support of my parents and having limited friendships in my personal life made the journey difficult and lonely. However, when I stepped into the office, something remarkable happened, I left behind the stress and negativity, embracing a space where I could truly be myself.
Joining the marketing team as a graphic designer, I was initially apprehensive about how my colleagues would react to my gender identity. But to my surprise, the atmosphere was welcoming and respectful from day one. My supervisor, Sarah, introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As I settled into my role, I discovered that my colleagues went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and included. They consistently used my correct name and pronouns, creating an environment where I could be authentically me. Being an introvert, making friends wasn’t always easy for me, but within this workplace, I found a supportive community that embraced me for who I truly am. The workplace became a haven where I could escape the stresses of my personal life and focus on my professional growth.
Can you believe this bloke compelled me to wear only saris - full time at home- till the eighth month of my pregnancy?! The excessive heat coupled with humidity made my life miserable.
Recently when I browsed an interesting post by a fellow author on this very forum I had a sense of déjà vu. She describes the absolutely unnecessary hullabaloo over ladies donning nighties and /or dupatta –less suits.
I wish to narrate how I was in dire straits so far wearing a ‘nightie’ was concerned.
I lived in my ultra orthodox sasural under constant surveillance of two moral guardians (read Taliban) in the shape of the husband’s mom and dad. The mom was unschooled and dim-witted while the dad was a medical practitioner. But he out-Heroded the Herod in orthodoxy.
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