This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In this insightful interview, Geeta, MD/CEO of Publicis Resources, shares her remarkable journey from the general insurance sector to leading operations for one of India’s top companies. 

She discusses the pivotal role her son’s passion for cricket played in her decision-making, drawing compelling parallels between motherhood and leadership. 

Geeta emphasizes the importance of mentorship, self-motivation, and continuous learning, offering invaluable advice on achieving excellence both personally and professionally. 

Her candid reflections on balancing family life, career growth, and personal passions provide invaluable insights for leaders navigating similar challenges. 

Get ready to be inspired and empowered as Geeta shares her secrets to success and fulfillment.

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In the interview, Geeta shares

  • “I started off with the general insurance side in India, then moved to the BPM industry. My journey continued into captive shared services, working with organizations like Principal Global Services, WNS, Thomas Cook, and now Publicis Resources.”
  • “As a mother, I’ve learned that parenthood and leadership share many parallels. My father taught me the importance of independence and exploring all aspects of life, which has greatly influenced my journey as a mother and a leader.”
  • “When my son showed a passion for cricket at the age of five, we faced a crucial decision: studies or sports. We chose to support his passion early on, which led us to Mumbai, where he could explore his potential.”
  • “In both my personal and professional life, I believe in pushing people to be their best selves. Whether it’s my son pursuing cricket or my team achieving excellence, mentorship and belief in one’s potential can shatter any ceiling.”
  • “I believe that a leader is as good as their team. It’s not about taking credit for individual accomplishments, but about empowering and guiding your team to reach their full potential.”
  • “For me, career decisions aren’t just about titles or money. It’s about learning, adding value, and leaving a legacy. I constantly strive for excellence and encourage my team to do the same.”
  • “Self-motivation is key. Whether it’s in professional or personal life, finding internal drive and setting high standards for oneself is crucial for growth and success.”
  • “Communication, leading by example, and ensuring that teams are aware of their potential are crucial for creating a culture of excellence within an organization.”
  • “Every six months, I reflect on my personal and professional goals to ensure that I’m aligned with where I want to be. Self-assessment and reflection are vital for personal and professional growth.”
  • “As a leader, mentorship is important to me. In the next 10 years, I aim to focus more on mentoring young professionals, especially women, helping them navigate the corporate world and achieve their goals.”