Radhika Seth is the Founder & CEO of Sequoia London.More From The Author >>
Women in Leadership
We are now moving towards an age where women are leaving their egos and insecurities behind and are committed to empowering other women.
A female leader in Business was once unheard of in this world, but that has dramatically changed over the past few decades due to many reasons. One of them being that we started to steer away from the conventional ways of leadership, as a result of advances in technology and globalisation and therefore have had to change our way of working. We have transitioned from a hierarchical leadership approach to a more collaborative and relational one, giving women the chance to contribute more than just their job description and feel a sense of empowerment by adding value.
This new kind of working environment has been seen to inspire and motivate women to do something more and make something of themselves. As women are now breaking into traditionally male-dominated positions and industries, there is a greater acceptance today of women in these positions than there was a decade ago, however, there is still a long way to go. Being a female entrepreneur is a lot more difficult than people lead on, it often means having to be the smartest person in the room and work harder and faster in order to prove your worth to the people around you.
For many years at the start of my entrepreneurial journey, I felt there was something missing to take me to that next step. Even after attending many leadership groups and forums, I couldn’t quite place what it was. Until one day, I realised it was a support unit. A unit that understood the way I felt and my thoughts because they themselves were feeling the same.
Men have always been supporters of men, but until recently, women have often seen other women as competition. We are now moving towards an age where women are leaving their egos and insecurities behind and are committed to empowering other women.
Finding guidance and support in fellow entrepreneurs who inspire me has helped me become stronger, think smarter, challenge my own boundaries and set new ones. I think this shift we are making towards empowerment is part of the reason we are seeing such a rise in Female Entrepreneurs and it’s important for me to advise and support the younger generation of aspiring women entrepreneurs out there, so they too can become leaders one day and know they are not alone.
I want the next generation to have the same opportunities and kind of network I did, which is why through my role as Co-Chair of TiE Women Entrepreneurs (TWE); the female focused division of TiE Global, the world’s largest entrepreneur network, I hope to support female entrepreneurs take their businesses to new heights and nurture the next generation of leaders.
We are in a time where the conversation of women empowerment is far from dying, whether it’s with Theresa May becoming the second British female Prime Minister, or Dior placing a statement piece in their latest collection saying ‘We should all be feminists’. It is evident that many industries are still continuously promoting and creating awareness of the topic which is clearly still very relevant. And as a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry like Property, I am a strong advocate of empowering other women to follow their dreams.
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