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

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The world requires a new paradigm, where empathy is innovation and vulnerability is strength.

Via Maria Rachelle, Carolyn Williams
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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.

Robin Martin's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:06 PM

Thanks for sharing this Al!

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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

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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, ThinDifference
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I highly recommend reading the study hyperlinked within this article. 

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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?

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Connect, Then Lead

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Behavioral science is weighing in with research showing that when we judge others—especially our leaders—we look first at two characteristics: how lovable they are (their warmth, communion, or trustworthiness) and how fearsome they are (their strength, agency, or competence).


Via Karl Wabst, Terence R. Egan
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Karl Wabst's curator insight, October 29, 2013 6:30 PM

People follow those they trust first. We want to feel that our leaders have good intentions and are capable of acting on those intentions.

 

Working behind computer screens all day can make communicating warmth difficult. Get up and work with others face to face.

 

Mom was right, by the way. Stand up straight and don't fidget.