Ira Gilani, Director, Goldratt India says, "cross-functional expertise is important for both men and women as they prepare themselves to take on leadership roles. Whether you are in marketing, HR or supply chain, if you are interested in widening your horizons and taking up a larger leadership role, you need to be able to connect the dots and see the big picture. Also, as you become more senior in the organization cross-functional expertise is very helpful in influencing your peers and key decision makers as you can see things from their perspective."
This assumes even more importance for women. Women often get stereotyped into certain types of roles by organizations that are still male-dominated. Actively seeking out cross-functional roles can help women get out of their comfort zone, increase their contribution and become more confident.