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.
“Does the competitive world of work and politics leave you feeling frustrated and dissatisfied? Why do our economic and political systems seem to be so at odds both with our authentic selves and with the sustainability of the planet? And what can we, men do about it?”
This weekend I presented a talk and workshop at the very first Men-Maenner International Symposium in Germany. Entitled ‘Men Facing a World in Crisis’, the workshop was part of the Symposium’s ‘Men and The Future’ Program. An extract from my talk is below,
“We, men, have traditionally been – and still have a strong instinct – not only to be providers for our families, but also to be the organisers of public life – of the social and economic CONTEXT in which we do our providing. Commonly, the word that comes to mind for this context is ‘politics’.
But at a time when our problems are global and conventional politics and economics are failing, it’s clear that our present system – our present context – isn’t working. Whether it’s climate change, financial market crises or the widening gap between rich and poor, it’s clear our world is in crisis and national governments can’t cope. I believe an important part of masculinity in the 21st century – an important part of defining who we are as men – lies in recognising that fact, and in having the courage to do something about it.”
In the coming months I will be exploring the issue masculinity as it relates to our tactics for global change.
You can learn more about Men-Maenner and the symposium at the website: http://www.men-maenner.net/