Shikha Sharma, the CEO of India’s third largest private lender Axis Bank is rarely heard giving out candid advices. The IIM-A alumnus was recently at the campus and gave one of the best convocation speeches ever. The 58-year-old boss pointed out how choosing the right life partner should be one of the most thought-out decisions.
The MD and CEO said,”It is a cliché to say that the choice of a life partner is the single-most important choice you will make in your life…it is a cliché because it is true. As H. Jackson Brown Jr wrote, “Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of all your happiness and misery.” I don’t know about the 90%…but the fact is that much of the joy you derive on the journey of life does hark back to whom you choose to share this journey with. A lot of what I am today, the achievements that were so kindly mentioned in the introduction, are a function of the partner I was lucky to have alongside on my journey.”
Shikha Sharma also spoke about her husband and her IIM-A batchmate Sanjaya Sharma. She said,”Sanjaya and I are very different people. He is widely read, divergent (in) thinking, and creative; I am a lot more linear (in) thinking and introverted. But on the most important thing, we are not different at all—we have very similar core values. If I were to point out the one thing that has made our partnership successful, it is just that—the alignment on core values. Indulge me for a minute if I sound like a mom! When you are out there looking for a partner, look beyond their looks, their success, their style. The durability and strength of your relationship is not going to come from your partner’s personality—it is going to come from their character. So remember to look well beneath the surface. My discussion of partner choice has so far been about life partners.”