“Gender diversity is just smart economics”
As of March 31, 2016, 25 per cent of the BSE-listed companies and 11 per cent of the NSE-listed companies did not have a single woman on their board, despite the regulations. I feel, as a country, we have made great strides (about 40 per cent of the banking assets in the country are now controlled by women) but still have a long way to go. The change we want to see will come when organisations not only work towards more recruitment, but also better retention of women. Gender diversity is just smart economics.
To quote Sheryl Sandberg, “We stand on the shoulders of the women who came before us, women who had to fight for the rights that we now take for granted.” So, it is our duty to do the same for other women now. Women leaders by default become an ecosystem that supports other women to reach the top, simply by being the motivational factor. My first tip for women would be to find a partner who understands that maintaining a work-life balance is as much his responsibility as yours. Second, use your time effectively and efficiently. I reply to emails and take calls on route to work. It is important to compartmentalise your life; don’t carry your work stress to your home or your home stress to work. Lastly, it is important to let go of the guilt. I feel sometimes women are responsible for holding themselves back. We feel guilty that we are not devoting all our time to our children or husband.
Zarin daruwala 54 CEO, Standard Chartered Bank India Mumbai