IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Mukta Arya

IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge: Mukta Arya

Disclaimer: Please note that all commentary and opinions provided in this interview are those of the individual and not the organisation/company they are employed by. 

What is one lesson you learnt the hard way? 

One lesson that I learnt the hard way was that vertical growth in terms of "position" and "corporate title" is not the only way of enriching oneself. What is much more important is to have a job where one has the autonomy to make meaningful changes and make a difference. In my younger days, I was focused on the "title" part and associated prestige, but what makes me really happy is really helping employees find their full potential. 

How can female leaders ensure they get a seat at the table? 

Getting a seat at the table is not difficult. When female leaders are excellent in their job, have credibility, seen as thought leaders in their field and are already contributing to the business, the seat at the table will be there. What is important is the action taken by the female leaders after getting the seat at the table. In my opinion, it means, believing in oneself, being courageous to express their views and perseverance even if there are nay-sayers. 

What is one thing women don’t talk about enough? 

In my experience, the one thing most women don't talk enough about is their ambition to take higher positions. Most of the time women want to be 200% sure that they can do the job before raising their hands for taking a particular role, whereas it is different for males. I have seen this with many highly competent women professionals. 

What are you really, really good at? 

I would say that over many years, I have become really good at understanding the psychology of people and their motivations, which has helped me to be emotionally agile in my personal and professional life. Another area, where I have become better is networking with people. I invest time in networking as I genuinely like to get to know people and enjoy interacting with them. It does help in my profession as a HR professional as it combines my job with my passion for people.

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