International Women’s Day role models: A well-rounded life is key
As Head of Retail Banking, Roanleigh Thambiran is responsible for creation, oversight and management of the retail banking business unit.
With a B Comm Honours, Chartered Accountant SA (CA)(SA), Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) – and an enthusiastic outlook on life – celebrating International Women’s Day for Roanleigh is a celebration of inclusivity in the opportunities Access Bank offers all employees, with a focus on promoting women achievers.
What would she share with young women wanting to go into banking or financial services?
“Work hard, understand the basics of financial services, and use every opportunity to learn more about the industry. Surround yourself with leaders who will motivate and stretch you beyond what you think is your capacity.”
Importance of making time for spirituality
It’s not just about hard work, but combining spiritual growth with business achievements, says Roanleigh. “One’s family and spiritual life is very important. As women we need to lead a healthy, well rounded life.
“I have worked all through my years of studying while climbing the corporate ladder. I was only able to do that by working hard but also making time for family and spiritual matters.”
Her message for all women on International Women’s Day?
“Women have an incredible ability to persevere. Our determination to bring up children and build healthy marriages in the midst of working careers shows that we know the importance of work-life balance.”
“As the workplace matures, women leaders are becoming increasingly in demand, as we manage other leaders who do not want to be micro-managed but trusted, led and inspired to go beyond a call of duty. Our make-up as women allows us to do this naturally and reflects a nurturing attitude towards all those around us.”
It is not about trying to lead like a man, Roanleigh asserts. “Lead the way that reflects who you really are, that gives you peace at night as you make lives and businesses better.”