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"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge

"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge | Coaching Leaders |
The world requires a new paradigm, where empathy is innovation and vulnerability is strength.

Via Maria Rachelle, AlGonzalezinfo, U-M Human Resource Development
Don Cloud's curator insight, September 5, 2013 12:16 AM

Rescooping ... thanks for sharing!


I find it interesting how we as a society split hairs with regards to masculine versus feminine leadership traits or values ... sometimes with the undertone that "masculine" traits make for stronger leaders while "feminine" traits make for weaker leaders. Then folks take this bias a step further to connotate negativity towards crossing these traditional gender-based biases (e.g. men who demonstrate traditionally "feminine" character traits are percieved as weak, while women who demonstrate traditionally "masculine" character traits are perceived as jerks as opposed to being perceived as strong leaders like their male counterparts).


Can we all just agree that strong, effective leadership is just that (regardless of gender), and that our own biases about what is masculine versus feminine quite frankly is irrelavent?

Florence Terranova, PhD MBA's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:55 AM

Quite agree with this :-)

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, October 24, 2013 11:41 AM

Thanks for the great curation Maria Rachelle.  Starting with my mother, some of the most influential leadership mentors I have had are women.   This research makes a lot of sense to me!


Especially the following section:


Empathy Is Innovation. While leaders spend considerable time and effort trying to envision markets and pushing out innovation, empathy can often generate simple, yet breakthrough ideas. In her years working as an advocate for charities in Britain and abroad, Anna Pearson noticed a pattern: there were many people who wanted to volunteer — but were too busy (or had schedules too varied) to commit to a cause.


To bridge the gap between what volunteers could give and what people need, Anna re-imagined volunteering on a very small scale. Her London-based non-profit Spots of Time connects organizations with people who can give an hour or so at a time, and often at a moment’s notice. The lesson? Anna trained her empathy not just on beneficiaries of charity but also on volunteers. That kindness and sensitivity to others was the catalyst for creativity.

Rescooped by David Hain from Communication & Leadership!

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown

Ready for a vulnerability hangover? Five ideas from Brené Brown | Coaching Leaders |

Brené’s big idea is that vulnerability is good for you, or as she puts it, ‘vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage’.


We live in a culture where making yourself vulnerable – exposing your fears and uncertainties, taking emotional risks – is considered a form of weakness, and something most of us want to run away from.


But Brené’s research reveals the hugely positive outcomes that emerge from stepping into the arena of vulnerability. It is precisely when we expose ourselves – perhaps in a relationship or at work – that ‘we have experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives’.

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Amy Ragsdale
David Hain's insight:

Vulnerability is my leadership word of the week, and such a valuable test of authenticity.  Having spent years disguising it, I wish I knew then what I know now...

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:44 AM

A brilliant friend of mine once explained to me, "trusting others is difficult because it makes us vulnerable".  This is a fantastic article about why being vulnerable is good, plus so much more.

Curated by David Hain
People and Change consultant, 25 years experience in Organisation Development. Executive coach. Very experienced facilitator and team developer.