An article published in Management Issues calls for female leadership arguing that perhaps the testosterone male approach may not be the kind of leadership we need in the 21st century. "The dominance of a male, macho, risk-taking business culture is at the heart of the world's economic woes – and knee-jerk rescue plans may be making things even worse".
Today's International Women's Day prompted me to reproduce a post I wrote six years ago derived from the uncompromising news produced by The Yellow Times which was forced off the web by the Republican war machine prior to during the invasion of Iraq. Paul Harris, a Canadian freelance journalist wrote an article called Why women have ruined the world. In it he says;
"It has been my experience over a half century, most of that alive, that women tend to be much better people than men: more honest, more loyal, more caring, more thoughtful, more trustworthy, and much less dangerous. But women are to blame for the state of the world because they have utterly failed to take charge of it". He goes on to say;
"I am proposing a new world order - not that crap that George Bush the Elder was always talking about or even the biblical stuff that believers are always trying to force on others. I mean something real, something substantive; something designed to fix the mess we're in. I am proposing a political movement whose sole purpose is to convince all the nations of the world to change their laws so that only women can hold political office."
The article ends with;
"Think this is an idiotic notion? Then think on this: If men don't run things, there is no Hitler. There is no Mussolini. There is no Napoleon. There is no Hirohito. There is no Attila. There is no Genghis Khan. There is no Inquisition. There are no Crusades. There is no Robert Mugabe. There is no Ariel Sharon. There is no Stalin. There is no George Bush; Wouldn't that be a safer and happier world?"
I happen to agree with him.
(Most) men exercise power in a manner that is actually weakness disguised as strength.
Leon is a social media practitioner and has managed a number of successful social software implementations with Virgin Media, British Airways, Microsoft & BT. He is the author of Winning by Sharing, a ground breaking book about the impact of social media on the future of work (published in 2005). He is the co-founder of Sei Mani, which helps large organisations become social and network centric.
Previously spent 20 years designing and delivering complex IT transformation programmes, managing enterprise change and agile software development in financial services, telecommunications, retail and travel, for blue chip companies, counting Union Bank of Switzerland, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Barclays Capital, Andersen Consulting, Airtours, Opodo, BT, Tesco, Argos, Carphone Warehouse and Aviva.
- Sei ManiCo-founder, 2011 - present
- Virgin Media PlcEnterprise Social Media Programme Manager, 2011 - 2014