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“All leaders, male or female, innately possess feminine qualities like empathy, candor and vulnerability — the difference lies in which leaders choose to suppress those qualities and which leaders choose to leverage them as strengths,” by John Gerzema.

What would it take to bring back the masculine-feminine balance to the human race? Most countries and religions and major corporations and militaries are run by men. Of these men — most seem to lean very heavily toward their masculine sides. Many women who are daring to tread the mostly masculine dominated roles have gotten there by leaning heavily on their masculine sides.

I’m not talking about stuff like: sexual harassment or sexual discrimination or pay inequity. Although these are topics certainly worth speaking about. I’m talking about when a woman finally rises in the ranks — she acts like a man in a skirt. And when men allow themselves to be empathetic or vulnerable — they are often shut down.

I’ve had very few bosses who possessed the qualities of empathy, candor and vulnerability. The couple I did — were men — not women. The women bosses had repressed these qualities. There is nothing innately wrong with possessing masculine qualities. The problem is that there is predominately masculinity being leveraged in places of leadership. We have been doing things the masculine way for a very long time. And I don’t feel that it is working. It is insane to keep doing things the way we have for hundreds of years. Unless of course we are happy that slavery and torture and starvation still exist.

I believe if we want to reduce poverty and war and repression and increase love — we need there to a balance of the yin and the yang. We need a cultural shift where leaders of BOTH sexes are free to express themselves — ALL OF THEMSELVES — and not keep half of their strengths hidden away.

What do you think?

Love,

Colleen

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