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Uplifting women in leadership through T.R.I.P.L.E.

I’ve always wanted to do meaningful work to uphold women’s participation on all fronts and help unlock the tremendous leadership potential all the women around me carry.

When the conversations about launching a women’s leadership development program in India started, I immediately put my hand up and, by far, it has been the most rewarding experience for me.

Our Thomson Reuters India Program for Leadership & Empowerment (T.R.I.P.L.E.)

Our Thomson Reuters India Program for Leadership and Empowerment (or much easier to say, T.R.I.P.L.E.) is a 6-month virtual development program that kicked-off at the end of 2020.

I first joined the program as a project team member. The program came about through many conversations between leaders, managers, Human Resources leadership teams, and the women #WorkingAtTR to learn how we can enable them to be future leaders.

Listening to our employees’ feedback, there was a reoccurring theme of the wish for more empowerment and opportunity through personal and professional development programs.

In line with these inputs and insights, we set out on our objective to create a leadership program for the women working at Thomson Reuters India to increase gender diversity at all levels by investing and nurturing our talent.

I am grateful that at Thomson Reuters we focus on promoting equity and there are many opportunities for me to participate and work towards things I am truly passionate about.

Discovering my authentic leadership

Now that the program has kicked off, I’ve transitioned from project member to active participant!

Though T.R.I.P.L.E., I have been learning about being authentic, knowing myself better, transitioning to leadership, and connecting through conversations.

I always felt I knew myself better than anyone else, after all, I have lived with myself for 30 years, my feelings, my thoughts, my strengths are best visible to me. Isn’t it?

Little did I know, the way I would look at myself would change.

Being authentic as a leader means understanding yourself and speaking and acting genuinely.

It’s not just about being true to yourself, it’s about how you demonstrate and carry yourself day to day. After a couple of exercises and group learning/sharing, here is what I discovered about what authentic leadership means to me:

  • There are always blind spots, you might know about yourself as much as you think you do. A simple exercise of asking people to talk about your positive qualities reveals so much about you.
  • To act with integrity means there is no contradiction between what you do and what you say.
  • Consistency builds trust. Effective leaders respond predictably to situations, no one needs to ask what mood the leader is in.
  • Offer the ‘why’s’ to changes, decisions, and more, disclose and connect dots.
  • Listen and respond with empathy.

Empowering myself and my peers

As I continue my self-introspection journey, I’m reminded that I’m on this journey with other incredible women. Together, we are learning about how we process situations and respond to them, alongside our feelings of success, pride, failure, and what drives us. Most of what I have learned in the past couple of months has been from my peers.

 I think there is tremendous power in “peer teaching” and I will carry this forward and always offer support and encouragement to peers around me as I continue learning about myself as a leader.

About

Yamini is a Talent Acquisition Partner at Thomson Reuters.

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