Invisible prisons

Invisible prisons

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Many, many women live their whole lives thinking they have to do things someone else's way, working to an imaginary set of rules (compiled from various sources - mothers, fathers, churches, spiritual gurus, probably some coaches as well!) every day, despite them being completely arbitrary and restrictive.

'You can't do that!'

'You're not allowed to be so casual'

'You mustn't be so provocative'

'You can't go out with him'

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Is neglecting our feminine energy reducing our potential in the masculine workplace?

Is neglecting our feminine energy reducing our potential in the masculine workplace?

What is feminine energy?

Feminine energy is a feeling energy, it’s about receiving, connecting, nurturing and being. Contrast these concepts with the masculine, giving, doing, strategising and planning.

To be clear - I believe we all have both energies, but I believe many professional women are neglecting and under utilising our power by keeping these feminine qualities out of the traditional workplace. Men who also feel as though they are ‘out of balance’ one way or another, may experience this too.

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The benefits of feminine leadership

The benefits of feminine leadership

Since I can remember, attempting to attract and retain female board members, directors and CEOs has been a priority for forward thinking and discerning companies. And concurrently, since I’ve been a teenager, I’ve been aware of the disingenuity of taking these steps merely to fulfil quotas and create the appearance of equality. Yet if we look beyond gender and look at attributes of feminine leadership (not female leadership - but feminine leadership) I suggest there is a deeper need for truly feminine leadership across every board of directors in Britain, particularly in service based businesses. Perhaps that will allow more women to easily find their places at the top.

What is feminine leadership?

Feminine leadership promotes the qualities that we may not typically associate with business. Empathy, vulnerability, sensitivity, intuition: these are not traits that we add to our job specifications for CEO or CFO perhaps.

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