Have you always been entrepreneurial? What makes you a global leader and runs projects across several countries so effortlessly?
I was born and raised in Rourkela, and at that time, it was still under a developing state. I didn’t really experience much of the job sector, also I was born in a business family. Everyone that I knew personally ran their own business, so there was a lot of inspiration since then. I have grown up seeing people as leaders so committed for their business, my grandfather, my uncle and so on. So somehow mentally I was prepared since a kid that when I start working I would be in charge of a lot of things. It was my love for leadership and independence that fuelled my desire to dedicate my entire time to the business. So it is simply the desire to run this company, to make the company excel in business that makes me do all the work. Also, this work involves a lot of travel and I love traveling, meeting new people, knowing new markets, understanding consumer behavior of different markets.
What are some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?
There’s never going to be a precisely right moment to speak, share an idea, or take a chance. So start now. Look to see if you have the main things or the opportunity will pass you by. Decide what your career is. You need technical and business acumen to be successful in a role. Read to understand more about the position than just what your job requires. Also, it is really important to meet and exceed all of the expectations in your role.
At present Oakcapita provides services like Mergers, cross border Acquisitions, Equity and Debt funding. We would be coming up with a separate Due diligence service in the upcoming months. At present, due diligence is provided by my team, which is the Indian team and is only for the project that the company takes.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
I still think that because there are fewer women leaders than men, we have a preconceived notion that male leadership is more effective than female leadership. That being said, it is a question of time. I believe that as more and more women gain positions of leadership, it will become easier for generations ahead. The advantages of the feminine style of leadership will begin to outweigh the negative perceptions.
Why is gender balance and having a more diverse workforce important, especially in senior management teams?
Women and men have entirely different decision-making processes. When under stress, men tend to take more risks, whereas women are a lot more calculated and consider all consequences, not only to themselves but to all stakeholders. Women often have a lot more collaborative approach when compared to men but men can confidently make decisions and stick by them. It’s important to have the right balance in the boardroom; to see things from different perspectives.
How do you balance being at the head of the company and being part of Arkstons at the same time?
I have a managing director and a team that runs the business on a day-to-day basis. I’m more involved in the due diligence process, overall strategy and vision of the companies. Looking at new potential avenues for growth, such as acquisitions and determining the general direction of each project that the company undertakes.
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