The leaders we’ve traditionally seen and come to know have led in ways that often celebrate masculine driven traits, while ignoring the qualities women inherently bring to their style of leadership.
An approach lacking diversity and creating environments where a woman’s potential is suppressed and the human spirit is misunderstood.
Seeing these kind of leaders throughout my own career, it was clear the model of leadership created is geared towards men.
Welcome to the gap in leadership.
Women have often had to conform and lead in ways that deny the qualities which are unique to them for fear of rejection or judgement.
Hiding the parts of them that make them soft for fear it makes them weak, ignoring any emotion they have because they’re convinced and been told they don’t belong in business or the workplace.
So they continue with the struggle, the inauthentic tactics and strategies thinking – this is the way, this will get me what I want, even at the expense of compromising who they are, suffocating their spirit and ignoring the powerful qualities they possess as women.
Not only has this kept women in a disempowered state, it overshadows their unique qualities, keeping them from fully realizing their true leadership potential because they are a woman.