The Time Has Come For Women To Lead

The world is going through an unprecedented rate of change. Change causes disintegration because different components of the system change at different rates of speed causing breakdowns, and disintegration, manifested in what we call problems.

If disintegration is the source of problems, the solution is integration.

For thousands of years, it was the man who went out to find how to feed the family. The women’s role was to watch the fire from getting extinguished and integrate the family.

Women, or men with more feminine energy, tend to excel in integration, proving instrumental in creating harmony and cohesion. This feminine energy, traditionally associated with compassion, understanding, nurturing, and integration, is what our society direly needs today to combat disintegration.

For far too long, women have been underrepresented in leadership positions, even though their skills and perspectives are today more invaluable than ever. Unfortunately, some copy the masculine energy of men to lead. I suggest masculine energy is passe. They should stick to their nature of being a woman. It's crucial for women to embrace their unique feminine energy instead of feeling compelled to mimic traditionally masculine traits for success. The traditional masculine approach, characterized by competitiveness, command, and control, has its merits, but in a society with much less rate of change.

Women bring an array of skills and perspectives that contribute to the multifaceted nature of leadership. Their emotional intelligence, empathetic leadership, and collaborative nature are invaluable assets in today's interdependent world.

Here are a few contemporary examples of women leaders, who have excelled by harnessing their feminine energy:

  1. Indra Nooyi - As the former CEO of PepsiCo, Nooyi exhibited an empathetic leadership style, which contributed to the company's substantial growth under her tenure.
  2. Tsai Ing-wen - As the President of Taiwan, Tsai demonstrated her dedication to social justice and equality. Her leadership style is marked by inclusivity and integration, effectively bridging gaps within Taiwanese society.
  3. Mary Barra - As the CEO of General Motors, Barra's collaborative and team-oriented approach has helped GM evolve in an industry undergoing significant change.
Written by
Dr. Ichak Adizes