3 KEYS TO EMBRACING THE FEMININE IN LEADERSHIP: Introduction

by Terrie Lupberger, MCC

From a historical perspective, there has been no other time in history in which women have had such enormous power and opportunity to generate change at both local and global scales. The traditional, rational, logical and largely masculine models that have dominated humanity’s thinking for the last 500+ years – in science, religion, economics, education, etc. - are insufficient in providing the solutions we desperately need to create a world that works for everyone.

As Richard Tarnas, contemporary philosopher and professor of philosophy and psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies says, “We are living at the end of an era.  The old structures of the world are cracking apart, the moment of creative chaos is upon us, and the drama of our time has become a great question: What new principles, what new structures - social, political, economic, intellectual, psychological, and spiritual -will emerge to shape our future?  Everything is at stake, from the deep ecology of our planetary biosphere to the deep ecology of the human spirit.” [1]

While logic, reason and rationality have created great breakthroughs and innovations for humanity and increased the standard of living (for some but not the many) the consequences have been an overall diminishment, not increase, of our happiness, contentment, and ability to live sustainably in the world.  The feminine model of power and leadership can bring a much needed and different approach to the issues we’re all facing.

Feminine principles of leadership privilege relationship before task.  They emphasize inter-action, inter-relatedness, and connection over separation.  They seek more integration of mind, body and heart into decision making.  They allow for paradox and don’t insist on black and white thinking for the sake of expediency, simplicity or political correctness.

Feminine leadership faces resignation, stagnation, and cynicism head on with peace, courage and resolution. Feminine leadership aims to more peacefully but purposefully explore the questions needed to rebuild how we think, how we learn, how we act, and interact with each other not only for the sake of better business results but also for the sake of a better world.   

Integrating more of the feminine into leadership takes awareness and practice.  Up until now, we’ve primarily had masculine role models of leadership to emulate and aspire to. 

What follows are three keys to help you unleash more of the feminine in your own leadership practice. They are a sampling of behaviors you need to embrace or drop for the sake of generating new ways of thinking and being and taking action in your life and organization.

Find out the keys in our next blog post series from Terrie Lupberger for Women’s Leadership Summit!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Terrie Lupberger is an author, speaker and senior executive coach and advisor to leaders and teams worldwide.  Combining her 20+ years of organizational experience and her passion for business and people, she uses innovative change processes to help individuals, especially women leaders, improve the results they get without sacrificing well-being. 

Terrie integrates the best of both feminine and masculine approaches to leading since both are necessary to move action forward consistent with what matters most.  More of the same is not a strategy to deal with the challenges we’re all facing.  Integrating the feminine into leadership produces a different way of engaging with each other that is critically needed and essential.

Terrie will be one of our featured facilitators at the upcoming Women’s Leadership Summit.


ABOUT WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

The Women's Leadership Summit is a program engaging and empowering women on their leadership journey. This voyage of inner discovery spanning 3 months will inspire participants in making a meaningful difference - be it in your personal growth, at the workplace, for your family, or towards a better society. Focusing on Success, Sisterhood, and Satisfaction, this summit creates a collaborative environment for women to set bold goals for their professional lives, explore ways to give back, and create personal well-being and satisfaction. The main event will be held in Bali, Indonesia, on 28-30 September 2017.

For more information, visit our Women’s Leadership Summit event website

 

[1] http://www.boiseuu.org/resources/TarnasFlyer2010.pdf

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