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How Women Work

Aarti Kelshikar

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Completed on 21 March 2023
ISBN : 9789356295858
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Are the rules that define women leaders in Asia different from those in the West? How are women leaders perceived across Asia? What are the cultural barriers and biases that they grapple with? How is ambition displayed and aspiration cloaked? These are some of the questions addressed in How Women Work: Fitting In and Standing Out in Asia. From China to India, Singapore to the Philippines and Japan to Thailand, this book observes working women through a pan-Asian lens, using their triumphs and tribulations to present readers with lessons and learnings on leadership and success. ‘Fitting in’ and ‘standing out’ are seemingly contrarian ideas, but, from all accounts, Asian women don’t view them as ‘either/or’. Successful Asian women leaders do both on their own terms. With observations from women leaders as well as their male counterparts, How Women Work enriches and deepens our understanding of women leadership in one of the most dynamic regions of the world. It lays down the skills and strategies that work and the pitfalls to avoid for the modern working leader as she navigates the intricate ties between leadership and culture in the Asian hemisphere. 


This was such a powerful book to read. It raises and answers some of the most amazing questions like are there distinct standards for women leaders in Asia and the West? How are Asian female leaders viewed? What are the prejudices and cultural barriers that they face? How are aspiration and ambition revealed? Among the issues covered in How Women Work: Fitting In and Standing Out in Asia are those mentioned above. This book uses working women's achievements and struggles to provide readers with lessons and learnings about leadership and success. It watches working women via a pan-Asian lens, from China to India, Singapore to the Philippines, and Japan to Thailand. According to all accounts, Asian women do not perceive "fitting in" and "standing out" as being mutually exclusive concepts. Instead, they see both as complementary. Asian women leaders that are successful do both on their own terms. This was overall a good book giving good life lessons.