WAKE UP CALL: Female versus male leadership

Women must claim more leadership positions if we want a more fair and sustainable society and women scholars or women in high positions should help in this direction.

Lately there are authors who come from the war arena and share with us their views on leadership issues as they have been derived from their war experience as commanders or military consultants. Such contemporary authors are Simon Sinek with his book “Leaders must eat last” and Jocko Willink and Leif Babin with their book “Dichotomy of Leadership”.

This trend shows us that war practices increasingly interfere in leadership practices. I don’t underestimate the high value of contribution of the above authors in leadership effectiveness but I am wondering what difference it would make if more women authors were sharing their insights through their more “feminine” experience that comes from giving birth or taking care of people.

I would definitely like to see more propositions coming from a world of creation than a world of destruction as “war”.

After a little research I have done there are very few women authors in leadership issues. Specifically, among 50 top Leadership gurus there are 5 women. This is not bad but is it enough for women to leave their “feminine” mark in society?

Definitely not!

They are not enough to influence new leaders, women and men equally, giving them their alternative about leading life and others in a more constructive and productive way with a meaningful and more sustainable purpose, above short term results. 

A purpose for a better and more sustainable society based in peace and creativity.

Inclusion, compassion, empathy, responsibility, accountability, commitment, caring for others.

Additionally we, women must accept our vulnerabilities and learn from them. We should be more resilient towards criticism, be more confident concerning our capabilities and show them, accept not being perfect but effective.

Don’t seek recognition and acceptance from men, create a “womanhood” community -as Katty Kay and Claire Shipman propose in their book “The Confidence Code”-  where we support and are supported by other women, , accept and learn from failure, take risks when needed as much as it is needed in harmony and balance, in order to create and not to destroy.

Lead not from the back stage anymore but on the front stage as a protagonist of the leading scene taking their own responsibility of either good or bad outcome.

This is not the end, it is only the beginning.

by Barbara Asimakopoulou

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