Last week we asked how far women can go in the corporate world and how high the glass ceiling is. In response, most readers said that women need to realign their priorities and their ambition would carry then to the top if they do that.

Ambition and ability breaks glass ceiling

Ambition knows no gender. Women occupy 50 per cent of the universe with a tag line “powerhouses of emotional intelligence, dedication.” They don’t need legislation, venture capitalists or angel investors when they have equal partnership in making or dismissing a government. What limits them are not the circumstances or society, but self-imposed shackles and women should come out of these limitations, though they have to work with misogynistic men around them, and a paradigm shift in perspective is needed, including religious barriers. The day is not far off, when most of the Fortune 500 companies will be led by women around the world, if women don’t undersell their capabilities, whilst having ambition and ability.

Sreenivasa Rao Krothapalli, Hyderabad

Opportunities are limitless

The single-most important factor that impacts success in corporate career, as in life, is positive attitude. The right mix of education and experience instils confidence. This has to translate into well-classified goals, prioritising life and a time-bound action plan. Women do not lack business acumen or winning personalities, but they step back just when they are about to face bigger challenges mid-way into their career. Balancing work and family eventually leads to putting family first and career behind. Trail blazers like Kiran Mazumdar Shaw who built her company Biocon from the scratch in a garage space with Rs10,000 as seed capital should inspire evolved thinking. Marissa Mayer, the new Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo, who boldly took up the powerful responsibility during advance stages of pregnancy, is another stellar example. A woman can go up as high as she wants to, provided she is willing to convert challenges into opportunities.

Francis Kuriakose, Puducherry

Discourage ‘kitchen cabinet’

Women by nature are emotional. But to be successful entrepreneurs or leaders, they need to be thick-skinned and take all the difficulties in their stride. Also, they must discourage ‘kitchen cabinet’ which they are fond of, as good leadership is always tied to the trait of acting ‘without fear or favour’.

S. Ramakrishnasayee, Ranipet

(This article was published on August 23, 2012)
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