The Boss Show

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August 10, 2011

Female Bosses: We Need More

By Steve Motenko

We need more women in positions of authority at all levels in all our institutions, AND we need more feminine capacities in all our leaders, male and female.

The rising tide of the male-dominated culture has lifted many boats in the last few hundred years.  Stunning accomplishments in science and technology have eased enormous poverty and misery in human populations across the globe.

But that testosterone tide is turning into a tsunami that threatens to overwhelm the planet.  The horrific, life-threatening, nature-destroying crises we face globally will not succumb to technology and muscle alone, will not succumb to the individualistic , competitive, nature-dominating orientation that has characterized the masculine approach to progress.

The dominance of the unhealthy masculine is robbing us of our children’s future.

Now of course every individual and every culture benefits from a well-developed masculine side AND a well-developed feminine side.  This is not about subjugating the masculine to the feminine in retaliation for centuries of the reverse.

This is about balance; about tipping the scales in a healthier direction to meet the world’s needs – a world that must value collaboration over competition; empathy over victory; respect over righteousness.

These are the qualities that women — genetically programmed to be caretakers — are uniquely suited to offer.  The suffering in our world – rampant across income levels, across cultures, and across species – cries out for caretaking before it’s too late.


About the Author

Steve Motenko is an executive coach, leadership trainer, and co-host of The Boss Show, a weekly podcast on workplace dynamics. Steve and his Boss Show co-host, Jim Hessler, are co-authors of Land On Your Feet, Not On Your Face: A Guide to Building Your Leadership Platform. Steve lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, with his wife and dog, whom he loves, and a cat he tolerates usually pretty well.

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