As we celebrate International Women’s Day, Asmita Mukherjee spoke with female hospitality industry leaders who have been trailblazers, fearlessly and successfully navigating their careers.
“The status of gender equality in the hospitality industry has progressed over the years but it requires more attention”
Manisha Sharma, General Manager, Renaissance Bengaluru Race Course Hotel
In the current scenario, what do you think is the most significant barrier for women in the Indian hospitality industry?
In the last decade, the hospitality industry has witnessed continuous growth. This industry is one of the areas where women are employed in substantial numbers. However, the industry still needs to focus on equal opportunities for women in the workplace. Traditional gender-based job roles are the obstacles that can be found in career development of women. Although women have made it clear that they have the ability to perform with the same skill and success in every endeavour similar to men, the issue of gender discrimination still exists in a lot of workplaces.
According to you, what is the current status of gender equality in the hospitality industry?
The status of gender equality in the hospitality industry has progressed over the years but it requires more attention.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
I do not see challenge at a larger scale if you are completely aware of your business. However, traditionally, often it is considered that a male should be appointed as the General Manager.
According to you, what are the three essential qualities that a women leader in the Hospitality industry should possess to truly make an impact?
A woman leader in the hospitality industry must possess the following three qualities: a thorough understanding of the business market; the ability to manage relationships; and empathy towards colleagues.