Right now, 57% of college grads are now women, yet less than 5% of women are CEO's.
Imagine this: A female US President where nobody in the media makes any mention that she's female. Gender is no longer a conversation. It's normal that over half of CEO's, congress members, philanthropists, etc. are women. Choosing career or family is no longer a hot topic. In fact, women are paid to go on maternity leave while men are free to be full time stay-at-home dad's void of any judgment from any gender. There is equitable representation of global leadership to the populations they represent.
How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future
Best-selling author and Social Theorist of Consumerism, John Gerzema is a pioneer in the use of data to identify social change and help companies adapt and respond. This TEDxKC talk is based on his book with Michael D'Antonio, "The Athena Doctrine: How Women (And Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future" (spring 2013).
Gerzema and D'Antonio surveyed 64,000 people in 13 countries. The people surveyed were first asked to rank the top traits they wanted in a 21st Century Leader then afterwards, assign whether each trait was more masculine or feminine. Gender consideration was not part of the initial question--but the top traits people wanted most, across the board, were associated to be feminine. The bottom line?
Two-thirds of those surveyed said the world would be a better place if men thought more like women.
Here's a sampling of the top traits that both genders thought embodied the best 21st Century Leader:
Cooperation, Communication, Sharing, Nurturing, Listening, Collaborating, Balance, Trustworthiness, Vulnerability
I personally feel affirmed that traits such as vulnerability are now gaining favor in the eyes of what people crave for in the 21st Century Leader. In my spare time, I lead Self Expression and Leadership Programs for about 30 local leaders over 4-5 month programs. Though petrifying, I shared publicly what I was actually dealing with as a means to inspire through failure. Instead of looking perfect--no chinks in this armor--I shared from the heart. Several people responded saying "Thanks for sharing what's really going on. I am now inspired to be a leader knowing I don't have to have it all together."
In what ways are you using your feminine traits to lead? Which traits do you naturally embody?
Consider you are making a way bigger difference than you realize, right now, with your community around you. Discover the difference you make.
Anna Sun Choi