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If you lead them, they will follow!
Traits today's leaders "must have" to survive and lead without self-destructing
Curated by Robin Martin
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"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge

"Feminine" Values Can Give Tomorrow's Leaders an Edge | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it
The world requires a new paradigm, where empathy is innovation and vulnerability is strength.

Via Maria Rachelle, AlGonzalezinfo
Robin Martin's insight:

Thanks for sharing this Al!

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.

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Companies are embracing meditation to train better leaders, one breath at a time

Companies are embracing meditation to train better leaders, one breath at a time | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

The goal of the Executive Mind class is to teach students to pay attention — to what's happening around them as well as to emotions arising within them — so that they can react more skillfully in any situation. That awareness can help budding managers motivate difficult employees and tackle work challenges without becoming scattered, frustrated or worn down.


Although meditation has ancient roots, modern scientific research on its effects has mushroomed over the last decade. There are now hundreds of published studies showing that the adult brain is actually quite malleable and can be rewired for more happiness and calm.


Research on the brains of meditators has documented neuron growth in the hippocampus — which is involved in learning, memory and emotional control — and the right anterior insula, believed to be involved in awareness. Studies using functional MRIs have recorded change in other parts of the brain as well after just eight weekly mindfulness classes and daily practice averaging just 27 minutes.


That's important, because many scientists have concluded that our brains are largely wired to avoid danger. So a scolding by the boss or getting passed over for a promotion triggers parts of the brain that give rise to fear and anger. Getting to the good stuff like creativity, empathy and teamwork requires engaging other parts of the brain, but that can happen only if employees feel secure.

Via Pamir Kiciman
The Mindful Way's comment, April 13, 2013 3:57 PM
This is such important work to be bringing to the business world!
Pamir Kiciman's comment, April 13, 2013 3:59 PM
I agree. Business seems to endure as a powerful model in society. Since that is so and 'business' is in a leadership position, the more awake it is the better!
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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.

Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:17 AM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:52 PM

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 6:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."


A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?