Shantala Sadananda Named One of Fortune Business Review’s “10 Most Admired Women Leaders in Business”
May 4, 2023
Shantala Sadananda—Innova’s President of Banking & Financial Services SBU & Emerging Markets—has been recognized on Fortune Business Review’s list, “The 10 Most Admired Women Leaders in Business 2023.”
The magazine describes Shantala as “an experienced business leader and change agent driving growth through innovation.” In a candid interview, she provides valuable insight into leadership garnered from her 27-year career in consulting, outsourcing, and technology.
A portion of Shantala’s interview, reprinted with permission from the Fortune Business Review, is below.
A Word of Advice for Aspiring Women Leaders
Shantala offers several pieces of advice for women business executives/leaders looking to grow their own business:
Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude and Self-Care: As a woman, it’s important to take care of yourself both mentally and physically. This means taking time out of your day to reflect on your accomplishments and appreciate how far you have come. It’s also important to prioritize your needs and acknowledge that it’s okay to not be perfect.
Be Courageous and Have Confidence: As a leader, it’s important to have confidence in your abilities and stand for something you strongly believe in. Be courageous in your decision-making and always act with a purpose. Remember that change is constant, so always be ready to adopt and adapt.
Build a Collaborative Network: Developing a co-op network of family, friends, work colleagues, and community members can be a valuable resource in your professional and personal life. This network can provide support and inspiration when you need it most, making the roller coaster of life more manageable.
Consistently Cultivate the Right Balance: Identify what matters to you most and have a compass that is uncompromisable. For Shantala, integrity and honesty are her true North. It’s important to consistently cultivate the right balance in your life, knowing that everything should be done in moderation. Know Your Priorities: Live each day as a page in your legacy. Stand for something bigger than yourself and you’ll leave an impact that will outlast your time. It’s important to know your priorities and keep them at the forefront of your decision-making.
Communicate Clearly: Effective communication is critical in business. Whether oral or written, clear communication can be an invaluable tool in your efforts to mobilize resources in a challenging adventure. This goes for nonverbal communication, too; the way you hold yourself, your expressions, and your attitude can build your reputation – or break it.
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