A study on issues of Gender Inclusivity at strategic level in business organizations

Authors: Dr. S. Nagendra, Sithara B N


India is emerging as a developed country and has become a destination for most of the MNC’s. This has necessitated for competent managers to take up leadership positions at middle and top levels in organizations. It is also important to ensure diversity in leadership to encourage creativity and innovativeness. In this context gender diversity is an important area of focus along with other forms of managerial diversity to drive the organizations to global standards. The current industrial scenario has made organizations more competitive and challenging and the scope for women employees to exhibit their strength & capabilities is widening than ever before. Women are a vital part of workforce in any organization today and they have successfully taken up strategic assignments. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Indira Nooyi, Chanda Kochhar, Neelam Dhawan, Sudha Murthy etc. are classic examples for top women leaders in Indian Business. Despite this bright scenario, the numbers of women employees at strategic level is significantly low and this can be attributed to several factors like personal, societal and organizational factors. This paper focuses on the various issues related to gender inclusivity. This study is based on research conducted in various business organizations in around Bangalore. Keywords : Gender Issues, Inclusive leadership, Gender Inclusivity