In her book ‘Delusions of Gender’ Cordelia Fine writes
“Pick a gender difference, any difference.
Now watch very closely as – Poof! - it's gone.”
If you research the differences between male leaders and female leaders you will find a mass of evidence to suggest that there are differences.
Many of them.
5 years ago, I probably would have agreed, and now I don’t buy it.
I don’t buy it at all.
After coaching hundreds of women and men, researching many organisations, and reading vast quantities of literature and articles on the subject the only difference I do agree with is that there are anatomical differences i.e. women have boobs and men have willies* (plus other bits of course).
So, does a pair of boobs make a female less able to lead?Absolutely not.
Our brains are hardwired differently (oooops let’s not mention neuroplasticity).
Men are good at math, and so are women.
Women are nurturing, and so are men.
Men are competitive, and so are women.
Women are caring, and so are men.
The mass of evidence to contradict my perspective is overwhelming. And, if you look hard enough there is always another piece of research to contradict the other piece of research.
IMHO, the evidence is based (often unconsciously) on sterotyping and bias. And the research never references intersectionality, environment or culture.
The research often impedes progress of women to the c-suite even moreso.
I believe the best person for the job is the best person for the job, regardless of gender, regardless of any other labels.
The best leaders are the congruent one's.
The balanced one's.
The truly authentic one's.
The most human.
The one’s that dare to be themselves.
The one’s that dare to be different.
They are the MsChief’s.
Courage is inside each one of us.
Don’t let your fears stop you of achieving your goals. 👉Ask yourself these questions and make a list.
What will happen if I fail?
What will happen if I Succeed?
Everything you want is on the other side of fear. It takes just one step, COURAGE, to move toward your goals.