What does it mean to be a leader?
Is it authority and power alone? Is it the ability to front a large multinational or hold the fates of employees in our hands? Or does our vision of meaningful leadership extend beyond simply being at the top?
Responding to recent research on the gender differences between men and women leaders, I’ve been looking at what it means to be a leader at the level of meaning. Are men defined by a quest for authority? What can we learn from women in leadership and The Third Metric? What implications could changing our vision of leadership have for solving our global problems?
You can read the full article on The Huffington Post.
In this classic TED talk, Eve Ensler proposes that there is a girl cell in us all, one we’ve been taught to suppress.
What Eve calls a ‘girl cell’ describes the vulnerable, creative, emotionally open part of ourselves. What place does that aspect of all of us, men and women, have in our globally competitive world? Could it be the key to rethinking our approach to global change?
In coming months I’ll be thinking and writing more about the relationship between gender, competitiveness, and our aspirations for global governance.
Watch the video in full below…
My article for The Good Men Project – ‘Why I Don’t Want to Be a Mighty Man‘ is now live.
As a businessman I was (and am) aware that the competitive pressure of being a Mighty Man sometimes demands decisions that run contrary to my values. With time I began to realise that although society generally perceives competition to be universally good (the engine of innovation and lower prices for consumers), it also has a dark, destructive side. How many times have you taken a decision you knew to be wrong, justified simply because the alternative might be worse? Under the shadow of competition, its a compromise I became all too familiar with.
In it I share my experiences of the dark side of business, the dangers of competitive masculinity and the self-cooperative potential of therapy.
In the coming months I will be delving deeper into the psychology of competitiveness, and exploring the negative impacts of being a man in business and politics.
You can read more from the Good Men Project, a ‘community of 21st Century thought leaders around the issue of men’s roles in modern life’ at the link.