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Although inspiration is important for each one of us, for women it goes a level up and becomes extremely critical to find women leaders who inspire.
As the case generally is, men and women start their careers with the same level of intelligence, education, and commitment. Yet in today’s large organization, as women climb up the corporate ladder, few reach the top echelons. So why there is a formidable gender gap for senior-leadership positions?
One of the main reasons for this huge gender difference in the higher stratum is because women lack motivation within their fraternity. There are three fundamental ways to get people to do things: either they can be coerced, or motivated or inspired. There are few women in leadership positions who can inspire other women to follow them. The ability to inspire is very important, since it helps foster high levels of employee engagement and commitment.
At Women’s Web, we invite readers to share their thoughts on one interesting question that is picked by the team and posted on our Facebook page every Tuesday, calling it #TuesdayTalkies. We try picking questions that would interest readers and put them in their thoughts.
Some of the best replies are posted in our next story and one of them also gets to win a Women’s Web mug. Why don’t you try your luck in the next week’s question?
The question for this week was, “name one woman leader who inspires you the most & why?” Here are 3 best responses from our readers.
Indira Gandhi, because though her family background may have propelled her into a politics privilege, it was only her grit and confidence with which she broke the ultimate glass ceiling in India. – Pooja Sharma Rao
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of Biocon India. After her degree from MCC, she went on to study further in brewery. She became a Master Brewer and her journey into the man’s world of brewery is inspiring. – Deepa Arun
Sudha Murthy. She is well educated, well read, professional, humane, well grounded, philanthropic and a very humble person. It is very rare to find such a combination of all these qualities in a person. She was instrumental in shaping Infosys during its growing years. And she is such a committed social worker these days. – Subhashree Ravichandran
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Be it a working or a homemaker mother, every parent needs a support system to be able to manage their children, housework, and mental health.
Let me at the outset clarify that when I mention ‘work’ here, it includes ANY work. So, it could be the work at home done by a homemaker parent or it could be work in a professional/entrepreneurial environment.
Either way, every parent struggles to find that fine balance between ‘work’ and ‘parenting’, especially with younger kids who still need high emotional and physical support from their caretakers. And not just any balance, but more importantly, balance that lets them keep their own sanity intact!
I watched a Tamil movie Kadaisi Vivasayi (The Last Farmer), recommended by my dad, on SonlyLiv, and many times over again since my first watch. If not for him, I’d have had no idea what I would have missed. What a piece of relevant and much needed art this movie is!
It is about an old farmer in a village (the only indigenous farmer left), who walks the path of trouble, quite unexpectedly, and tries to come out of it. I have tried my best to refrain from leaving spoilers, for I want the readers to certainly catch up on this masterpiece of director Manikandan (of Kakka Muttai fame).
The movie revolves around the farmer who goes about doing his everyday chores, sweeping his mud-house first thing in the morning, grazing the cows, etc and living a simple but contented life. He is happy doing his thing, until he invites trouble for himself out of the blue, primarily because he is illiterate and ignorant.