This pandemic has revealed the capacities in which women are operating as leaders in different aspects in the most organic sense of the term. Whether it is breaking social barriers and stepping out to serve communities or leading a nation from the forefront, the pandemic has stirred up stories of outstanding women leaders. Having said that, the most distressing part is that a large chunk of women leadership that remains unrecognized.  Globally, businesses irrespective of their market size are struggling to find footing and gradually regaining their business continuity quotient.  Everybody is looking to encounter fresh leadership perspective and women across the globe have proved their potential.

As Stacy Cunningham, President of the New York Stock Exchange, says, “You don’t have to be the boss to be a leader. You can be in a leadership role in any seat that you’re sitting in.”

A Leader is a Leader- With or Without Limelight

The year 2020 has brought to the forefront some of the world's dynamic leadership across different age groups, nationalities, and industries- the only common factor being the gender. All are phenomenal female leaders in their realm. The Forbes 17th Annual Power List features some of the world's amazing women who are trailblazers in their way, working their way to create an empathetic world where there is respect for human rights and equal opportunities for growth for every individual.  While Jacinda Arden and her team meticulously steered Covid out of New Zealand early this year through well-designed measures, she also stunned the world when she delivered a speech at UN in 2018 whilst holding her infant baby. This is a clear example of how women leaders have it all to lead. 

In reality, there are innumerable unseen women heroes who work with any recognition. One such story is that of Neha Rastogi, the Founder and COO of Agatsa. The unavailability of a portable ECG device in the market prompted Neha Rastogi, an engineer by profession, to design the world's first keychain-sized ECG monitor known as SanketLife2.0. This device can take 12-lead medical-grade ECG and generating a PDF report that can be shared with a doctor through a smartphone. The world might not know much about Neha Rastogi but her invention is life-saving and path-breaking. This is one primary reason why more such women entrepreneurs need to be given that platform to showcase their capability. 

Strengthening Brigade of New Generation Women Leaders

The present scenario calls for innovation, optimization and resourceful changemakers and leaders to lead from the front. There is one very interesting research on why strong female leadership traits are more value-creating. A study was conducted by Carol Gilligan, American Developmental Psychologist, proved that women leaders make a decision basis on their assessment of how their decisions will impact people in the real world. Gilligan pointed out that this relational decision-making approach is very mission-driven wherein the focus is towards generating value-creating networks. This usher in a great deal of inclusivity and diversity.

One would readily agree that time is ripe for building such a diverse and value-creating business ecosystem driven by strong female leaders. Hence, it is very critical to offer budding entrepreneurs and new age leaders a training ground for fine-tuning their inherent leadership traits and equip them with those that need to be acquired. One such training ground is the Advanced Management Programme For Women Leaders offered by IIM Indore in conjunction with Hughes Education.  This course has been designed to offer the budding women leaders the much-needed impetus to take on positions of power and higher responsibility in their respective organizations. 

“Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. 'Here, open it, it's perfect. You'll love it.' Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They're risky. They challenge you.”
- Susan Wojcicki (CEO, Youtube) 

Very aptly said, rarely are perfect opportunities served in a platter but if one happens to stumble across one, one should prudently grab the opportunity and leverage it to generate tremendous value. The Advanced Management Programme For Women Leaders offered by IIM Indore is one such opportunity, a clarion call for dynamic women of today to create leaders of tomorrow. It’s a huge platform that will challenge women professionals and entrepreneurs to think out of their comfort zones, take chances with decisions, and communicate effectively and with great clarity.