Seven years ago I married who I thought was the most amazing woman. I was wrong. The woman she is today is so much greater. She is smart and talented and has so much potential. I feel she has more potential than me, but I am the one that gets promotions at work. I am the one to get raises. She is the one that gets over looked. I loved in Sheryl Sandberg’s talk on Ted talks where she talks about “Setting at the Table”. I wish my wife would, but more, I think as a man I need to make sure that she and any other women in the room knows it’s is ok for them to be seated at the table.
Does gender play a role in leadership? I would like to think so. I would like to think that I got the promotion because I earned it, but sadly that is not the case in the world we live in today. I am not sure that most people understand that it even happens. It is something that has been that way for so long that most people just think that is the way it is so just let it be. To me that is not a good reason.
Men in general carry more power. Is it that men just go out and take it? To some degree I think yes, however men carry more power simple because that’s they way a lot of people think. I work with a guy that thinks that if he talks down to women then they will do what he wants them to do. To me that is not acceptable for many reasons but one of the big reasons is that we should all treat each other with respect.
I do agree with the information that we have been presented with, however I do not understand why we as a society do not act the way we feel. I think there should be more women in leadership roles. I know that my wife is more compassionate that I am. I think that is a needed trait in a leader. Just look at the old saying, “Behind every great man is a greater women” Do I think women have an edge with the concept of “Leadership is an Affair of the Heart”? Yes, I do based on the fact that women are more compassionate. That being said I think the ideal way to do things is with equality, if the best traits of each gender where brought together the world would be a batter place. So I say let the best persons win.