Aug

28

Women, Feminine Power and Leadership

 

pluggz-feminine_power1Did you know many behaviors in the business world are associated with women, despite the fact that feminine power is still misunderstood by many, women included?

Even the Dalai Lama recently proclaimed that the world “will be saved by the Western woman.”

It IS pretty easy to misunderstand the concept of feminine power because, for years, it was seen as some kind of weakness, with tears and other outbursts.

It’s really strength, however, that combines inner wisdom, intuition and a need to nurture.

Last year, Gallup revealed in its 2013 State of the American Workplace report that 70 percent of workers are disengaged. Reasons included lack of fulfillment, challenge, and learning/growth.

That doesn’t exactly tap into the feminine power, does it?

Women make great leaders, and that holds true whether they work IN the home, OUT of the home or BOTH.

The Old Girl’s Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man’s World, by Sharon Whiteley (founder and CEO of pluggz), Kathy Elliott and Connie Duckworth,  was written specifically for the woman building a business—but this wonderful advice can be applied to any environment—and to any gender.

It explains that women make good leaders because of their ability to:

  • Multitask: They keep many balls in the air just as easily as they singularly focus.
  • Empathize: Women relate easily to others and nurture when needed.
  • Realistically self-assess: They recognize and understand gaps in their skill set and seek advice when needed.
  • Optimize natural resources: Women can make highly educated decisions by relying on their innate intuition when the facts and data are sparse.
  • Collaborate: They build teams, form partnerships and communities very well, often seemingly without effort.

Now let us hear from you (guys, too!)  What feminine trait do you use most often, and most successfully, in your environment?

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