- Category: Management
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 09:30
- Supriya Malhotra, General Manager, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Alibaug
A working woman's challenge
Managing a hotel is not a 9 am to 5pm job and for female hoteliers like me, we often face the dilemma of having to make a choice between family and career, and mostly, the former always wins the power struggle. Relocation is a common terminology in the industry success factor, so it is relatively more difficult for female hoteliers to reach management positions. One of the ways that I have overcome this challenge is by balancing my personal and professional commitments.
'Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be' – Marsha Petrie Sue. This is my success mantra. Also, I am a strong believer that women make better managers as they are able to multitask with good planning and organising abilities.
On being a leader
If you have a positive attitude, good communication skills and are willing to work smart - with dedication and commitment, you will see yourself doing very well in the industry.
On the job, be innovative and proactive. Develop a strong operational management ability, a deep knowledge of the hotel business and enhance your leadership skills.
I enjoy listening to music as much as I enjoy singing (occasionally though). Furthermore, I have learnt Kathak from the Natya School Academy in Delhi for four years and I would really love to go back to school and practice music and dance.
My parents have been my role models. My father is a retired IPS officer and mother a retired pediatrician. Having achieved success in their careers, they successfully managed to balance out the work life without compromising the time spent nurturing their three children. Growing up in an environment like this motivated me to take up this profession 24 years ago when girls my age were opting for medicine, engineering or home science.
Supriya Malhotra started her career with the Oberoi Group after training from Oberoi School of Management. With an experience of over 24 years, she has also been associated with The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai; The Park New Delhi; The Trident Jaipur; The Welcome Group, Chennai and the Paragon Hotel in London, among others.
As told to Sayoni Bhaduri