Headquartered in Mumbai, the Essar Group is a multinational conglomerate and a leading player in the sectors of Steel, Energy, Infrastructure and Services. With operations in more than 25 countries across five continents, the Group employs 75,000 people, with revenues of $27 billion.
Despite years of progress by women in the workforce, the presence of women within the C-Suite remains a rarity. Of the most highly paid executives of Fortune 500 companies only six percent are women, of the CEOs only two percent are women and only 15 percent of the seats on the Board of Directors are held by women.
This has always begged the question on opportunities available to women employees and the famed class ceiling that may restrict her climb to the top. In reality while the challenges for women aspiring to climb the corporate ladder are many, the glass ceiling is turning out to be a myth as more focused and competent women triumph over their filial roles, gender biases at the workplace and the networking edge of their male counterparts to thrive, survive, even win in male dominated workplaces. Here are some of my insights on what can make women make successful strides up the corporate ladder and live meaningful lives as women.
1) Get really, really good at your job Nothing is more defining than your competence: