By Dhanya Ann Thoppil
Mint, New Delhi.
Women may be a long way from gender equality in C-Suite, but there are little things that could make that long haul a bit smoother.
That was the main takeaway from the Grace Hopper 2015 conference where some of the sessions dealt with how women in technology can break the glass ceiling in leadership.
Some of the buzzwords on gender equality such as “speak-up,” “be confident,” “be assertive,” among others sounded a bit tiring and jaded. Still some panelists offered a few interesting tips for women to navigate the male-dominated leadership ladder in the world of technology.
Globally, many women drop off the race to top leadership positions, often, to spend time to take care of their family.
In corporate America, gender diversity and equality in workplace is a hot topic of debate. In the recent past, many Silicon Valley companies have adopted a number of measures–offering flexible work hours, extended leave programs for new parents–to retain and attract talent.
India has not made substantial progress in retaining top talent and promoting women to leadership roles. India scored 3.3 on a scale of one to seven (one being highest and seven the lowest) on the ability of women to rise to leadership positions, according to the 2015 World Economic Forum report on gender gap.
For those who choose to stay put in the race, Grace Hopper panelists had advice on how to be effective leaders.
Women in technology sometimes miss the larger plot that could hobble their leadership aspirations, said Haresh Patel, an executive coach for senior leaders at Gnosis Enrichment and Management.
“Women are so focused on the work that sometimes they forget the context. They should understand the bigger business and look beyond what you are supposed to do,” he said.