Confidence

Emotion doesn’t disqualify you!

I’m a woman and I have something to say.

I’m not ashamed of that fact. I’m also not ashamed to have emotions, insight, intuition and concern for relationships and people.

Often in work settings, especially with other men, we can feel like these are liabilities instead of the incredible gifts they actually are.

I’m watching the series, Alex Rider right now. There was a scene where a female agent was speaking to her boss. She was trying to convince him to help the boy agent, Alex. He asked her point blank, “Do you like this boy?” She admitted she did. To which he replied, “You’re not objective.” And dismissed her concerns.

I have seen–and felt this–often in leadership settings! As if, our concern for humans and emotion disqualifies our opinions. 🤷‍♀️

This. This is just so wrong on SO many levels. The idea that the only voice that should be listened to in a business setting is that of logic and lack of emotion does not serve organizations well.

I saw a chart on the transformation of leadership over the past century. 80 years ago, Winston Churchill was the idea leader, a “Great Man.” One whose vision and charisma saved the world. (I agree, he was a great leader in his own right.)

However today, actually since 9/11 interestingly enough, this has changed. People now value leaders who display transparency and authenticity, leaders they can personally trust. Sounds like most women leaders I know!

This. This is the paradigm organizations need to lean into, we need to lean into. Authentic leadership acknowledges and accepts the need for both masculine and feminine strengths in leadership.

Gone are the days where women have to keep their emotional reasoning to themselves! Just because we feel a certain way, doesn’t mean we’re wrong. And I think most of us know, it usually means we are right!

How many times has your intiution been proved right? Whether you or others listened to it or not? I bet you can think of many times.

So be encouraged, you don’t have to shelve your emotional side, or ignore your feminine intuition in leadership settings. In fact, these are gifts God has given you to lead your team, tribe and movement well!

Hope this helps!

Sue

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