Balancing Male and Female Skills in Leadership
My male interviewee spoke to me today about the natural role of women as the Community Builders and of men as the Providers. He commented about the benefit of men incorporating more of the community building traits in order to create an improved society. He also commented that if men incorporated certain feminine traits, this would mean becoming more self-aware, more in control of their emotions, and perhaps more open to vulnerabilities, which would benefit everyone around them.
My colleague then commented that yoga allows men to get there through a physical practice. After opening up the joints, we learn to physically be a little more vulnerable. After taking a moment to quiet our minds and our mouths, we have a better chance of tuning in to our own intuition.
Also referred to as guiding with our heart, rather than with our head, it is proven that intuition can tell us the right path. Psychologists, scientists, and authors, such as Malcolm Gladwell in Blink, have proven that if we tune to our intuition, and make decisions based on gut instinct, it will never prove us wrong. The challenge is in tuning to this sense and being able to see it clearly.
My interviewee, as a male, found yoga as the perfect source to tune in this guiding tool due to the physical practice followed by a moment of quiet. I believe this inner peace can be found in many ways and via many sports. Whatever way people get there, the power of enabling men to contact this tool seems like a mind-blowing combination, allowing men to continue being successful leaders around the world, accompanied by the wave of strength that women seem to be making in the work place over the last few decades.