2/18/2019 0 Comments
There is no shortage of stories of women who have stood up in the face of great challenge and obstacles. This standing up changed and continues to shape the direction of humanity. From Rosa Parks to Malala Yousafzai to Wangari Muta Maathai to Marielle Franco, women have been the moral and cultural touchstone when communities are in crisis. Apparently, this has been true since the beginning of time. According to researchers who had their work printed in Discovery magazine, it was the rise of women and femininity that created the birth of culture in early humans. blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/06/22/early-humans-feminine-culture/
After reading this research, it's not a stretch to conclude that the rise is femininity probably saved the human species from a brutish, short and ugly exit from the planet. Just as women and femininity saved us from that fate then, it has the opportunity to save us once again through the power of feminine principle leadership.
Feminine principle leadership is an all encompassing idea that leadership is best when empathy, consideration for others and connectedness are applied as practical leadership tools. This model, through the application of the principle called Ubuntu (we are all connected) has been trending significantly throughout the world. An easy way to look at it is to think about the things many mothers would share with their family members: "Is everyone okay? " "Is everyone being fed?" "How can I help?" "Share your things." "Look out for one another." "Make sure you have on clean underwear in case you're in an accident." (I still don't understand that last one).
To be clear, feminine principle leadership is not the exclusive domain of women. Men share in it too, just as many women participate in top-down command-and-control models of leadership that exercise masculine tendencies. At the dawn of humanity, the rise of feminine principles may be the thing that saved us. In a world barreling toward an extinction level event called climate change and the accompanying social disruption, feminine principle leadership may be more suited for orderly and well thought out ways of managing a dynamic environment. We do have real-world examples of how this approach works more effectively than the command and control model. https://www.forbes.com/sites/francoisbotha/2018/09/27/women-on-board-family-firms-and-the-feminine-principle/#66eb4e735977
In some ways, we are seeing these two world views battle for position on a world stage. Authoritarian types feel masculine predominance is the only way to be effective and are holding on for dear life to keep this model viable. But if you'll recall your childhood, you often went to your mother as an arbiter of fairness if there was conflict between you and a sibling or another rival. Part of us intuitively trusted her instincts to judge fairly. Intuitively, we still chase that level of fairness in our everyday lives. If you seek to lead in the near future, you'll want to center your leadership model on this idea.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org