Article (July-2019)


Women HR leaders

Anil Kaushik

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The writing on the wall is clear and all should read it. Women in business and specifically in HR domain are growing with speed. It is also generally said that HR is meant for HER. Women have made their place in this domain purely on merits and inherent qualities they have. They have out grown in numbers.

But when it comes to climbing the ladder and reaching at top, figures start dwindling. You find fewer women at top in HR domain as compared to men. It has been argued from both sides. When it is said that women can't have it all, it is also said that women are holding themselves back. But without going into deep of these arguments, let us have a flash on positivity of this dimension. And it lies in the innate sense woman has that does not allow her to compromise on her basic role of prime care giver to children and family. Her sense of satisfaction comes when she successfully creates a balance between family and career. This power and quality lies inherently in woman only and not in man. So, the point is not that there has to be a choice for woman between family and career but it should move from this to as to how women should be encouraged to aspire to lead.

There may be many other reasons for women of not reaching to  the  top in HR domain in organisations but it is certain and visible that organisations have to change their mindset in this regard and provide constructive/encouraging environment/situations where she can find opportunities to grow further. The reality has to be understood. Organisations should come forward to provide required support and enabling mechanism to help women transition through years when they need time to build and nurture their families.

The rising trend of women in going for their ventures where they control their own time with greater autonomy and have all to decide priority between family and business needs also says a lot which should be understood in right perspective.

Challenges are for women also. While getting leadership roles, they also need to clear the clutter for coming generation of women and not allowing them to pass through the same hurdles which seniors might have encountered in their earlier times. There should be no more struggles in adjusting life and career goals. Awareness has increased. Many organisations have come out with innovative HR policies which help women in striking a fine balance between the two. Much needed to be done further.

Our anniversary issue is about celebrating the growth and success of women in HR. The women HR leaders who have occupied the cover page this year have done a lot in life and career and each one has an inspiring story for all of us to learn for.