One study revealed that the working mothers happen to be the primary or sole provider in 40% US households. Only some few days back, the billionaire of hedge fund, Paul Tudor-Jones, did create a stir through remarking at one conference that the women would never rival the men as the traders as babies tend to be “focus killer”. We have here dynamics of new economy that’s colliding with old establishment as tectonic plates. Though, as the developed nations do restructure from the manufacturing to the knowledge as well as services, our bet is so on moms, or specifically, the women — and the men who could think as them.
The data gathered from the 64,000 people within samples which were nationally representative in thirteen countries — from Europe and Americas to Asia — do point to have dissatisfaction widespread with the “male” ways in which business is done and growing appreciation regarding the traits, competencies and skills which are perceived to be more feminine. Results revealed that 57% people were quite dissatisfied with conduct of the men within their country, also including 79% South Koreans and Japanese and also more than 2/3rd of the people in Mexico, Indonesia, U.K and US. Such sentiment is quite amplified among millennial generation of whom about 80% happen to be dissatisfied —notably in the societies that are highly masculine like Brazil, Japan, India and South Korea.
If the people do grow cold over leadership and structures which are male-dominated, they offer one solution: 2/3rd of respondents in survey felt, “The world would be a better place if men thought more like women.” This included 76% Brazilians and French and 70% Germans. These stats include the majority of men equating the masculine incumbency along with the income disparity, high unemployment levels as well as political gridlock. Quite curious regarding how the leaders “think much like women,” half the sample was asked— the 32,000 people in world — to have 125 different characteristics of humans classified as either being feminine, masculine or neither, and other half did rate same words on the importance to success, morality, leadership and happiness.
The statistical modeling showed concrete consensus that all what people did feel was “feminine”, also they deemed essential for leading in increasingly interdependent, social as well as transparent world. Next, 18 countries were visited and over hundred innovative men and women were interviewed in medicine, education, politics, NGOs, start-ups as well as other economy sectors. 2 examples are given of the many that were encountered, showing how anyone could lead with increased feminine ethos: Empathy Is the Innovation. While the leaders do spend a lot of effort and time to envision the markets and push out the innovation, empathy could often generate some simple, still breakthrough ideas. In her years when she was working as advocate for the charities within Britain as well as abroad, a pattern was noticed by Anna Pearson: there were a lot of people who wished to volunteer — though they were very busy to just commit to any cause. For bridging the gap that’s between what the volunteers can give and also what they need, Anna did re-imagine volunteering on one small scale. The London-based Spots of Time that’s non-profit does connect organizations with the people who could give our hour or more at one time, sometimes at one moment’s notice. What’s the lesson? She was able to train her empathy and not only on the beneficiaries of the charity but on volunteers too. That sensitivity and kindness to the others was catalyst for the creativity.
Vulnerability definitely is Strength. One couldn’t today read any business article without hearing regarding “learning from the failure”. But maybe there would be less of failing if everyone was willing to acknowledge what he doesn’t know. In Berlin, Dr. Ijad Madisch, one virologist who is Harvard trained, was encountered, who kept on “getting stuck” when he was experimenting. When he requested his colleagues to help, he then was chastised. The scientists who were big-time were considered to project image of some supreme competence. It was realized by Madisch that science needs global community, the place where work took the precedence over any egos.
So Madisch started the ResearchGate, one social network meant for the scientists and which has around 3M members in 200 countries now. What’s the lesson? Through letting his guard down and showing humility and candor, Madisch didn’t only help himself but inspired the others too to join the cause. This did advance the research much more rapidly compared to old approach that was of working within cubicles and then meeting at the conferences. Work today requires latest leadership paradigm. We have to look at list of the competencies above then commence working over them.