The world is rapidly changing. Global events are escalating and now, more than ever we need the full participation of everyone to ensure the next generations have a safe, secure and sustainable world to support them into the future.
In Australia we’ve seen highly prominent national women leaders competently guiding communities through unprecedented natural disasters and turbulence.
We have forums led by national business leaders championing the need for greater inclusion of women’s voices and contribution at the most senior levels.
There is a growing momentum and opportunity for change which we can and must take advantage of!
The question is how?
How do we embrace feminine leadership models when for so long women have unconsciously developed strategies that distract others from noticing their gender lest it be seen to weaken our authority or credibility?
How do we resist the impulse to dismiss our femininity and interact with our peers around the executive table as if we were gender-less?
How do we harness the power we have because of who we are as women, and use it in our leadership roles?
How do we ensure our voices are heard because of what we have to say, not just because we’ve learned to develop the language, style and tone required to be heard in a sea of male voices?
How do we improve the leadership and governance of our businesses, communities and nations by claiming the wisdom, insights and experiences we bring because of who we are as women?
At this time, more than ever before we need the perspectives, opinions, style of women. Now is the time for the emergence of women-centred leadership.
This requires us to reflect on who we are, how we interact and what we believe in. It requires us to behave congruently with our values and to tap into the courage that fuels our ability to speak up rather than stay silent.
It requires all of us to support and amplify each other’s voices and perspectives and to notice when we may be colluding in practices that dilute or diffuse our different perspectives.
It requires us to bring ourselves fully and purposefully to our roles – wherever they are.