A second child, immigrant, and woman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has never let her family, gender, or geography stop her from achieving her goals.
A long-time member of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’s List, Nooyi is one of the few women (let alone Indian-American women) who’ve made it in the largely male dominated world of business.
A champion of a strong work-life balance, but an even bigger advocate for going above and beyond for your work, Nooyi is definitely one of favourite #girlbosses of all time.
Here are 10 things she’s said about family, work, leadership, fear, positivity, and women’s rights, that will keep you going this week.
At the end of the day, don’t forget that you are a person, don’t forget you are a mother, don’t forget you are a wife, don’t forget you are a daughter. Because in the end, no matter how much money you make and how much success you create, What you are left is family, friends and faith
Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader. As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.
ON STAYING POSITIVE
When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response.
ON THE GENDER DIVIDE
The glass ceiling will go away when women help other women break through that ceiling.
An important attribute of success is to be yourself. Never hide what makes you, you.
ON BEING BOSSY
I’m beginning to use certain words a little bit more freely and I am screaming a bit more, pounding the table … which is really not the way I was. But it is effective. It shows the passion that I have for what I’m doing.
ON JUGGLING A CAREER AND A FAMILY
My observation…is that the biological clock and the career clock are in total conflict with each other. Total, complete conflict. When you have to have kids you have to build your career. Just as you’re rising to middle management your kids need you because they’re teenagers, they need you for the teenage years.
And that’s the time your husband becomes a teenager too, so he needs you. They need you too. What do you do? And as you grow even more, your parents need you because they’re aging.
So we’re screwed.
ON BEING A CEO
To be a CEO is a calling. You should not do it because it is a job. It is a calling and you have got to be involved in it with your head, heart and hands.
ON GETTING AHEAD
Sit up, sit at the table and speak with confidence. That’s half the battle won.
ON HOW TO LIVE LIFE
Dig deep. Be curious. Have an insatiable appetite to find out the back-story behind the story. Because, once you get into the details and really understand what’s going on, the quality of your decision-making will be richer.
Every morning you’ve got to wake up with a healthy fear that the world is changing
ON GOING WITH THE FLOW
There is nothing like a concrete life plan to weigh you down. Because if you always have one eye on some future goal, you stop paying attention the the job at hand, miss opportunities that might arise, and stay fixedly on one path, even when a better, newer course might have opened up.
I grew up in a Hindu household but went to a Roman Catholic school. I grew up with a mother who said, ‘I’ll arrange a marriage for you at 18,’ but she also said that we could achieve anything we put our minds to an encourage us to dream of becoming prime minister or president.