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leaders making a positive difference

Nearly half of those surveyed in a PRRI research project “completely” or “mostly” agreed that “society as a whole has become too soft and feminine.”

When I think of feminine attributes, I think of flexibility, kindness, altruism, receptiveness, nurturing, empathy, and compassion. I hope survey respondents weren’t thinking of those attributes. Maybe what they had in mind were unflattering stereotypes like weakness, docile, overly concerned with appearance, etc.

From where I sit, the world and workplaces need more flexibility, kindness, altruism, receptiveness, nurturing, empathy, and compassion—leaders who lead with their hearts and manage with their heads.

18 ways to make a positive difference


Think what positive results would happen if we all worked at places where there was:

  1. More acceptance and less judgment.
  2. More difference and less conformity.
  3. More fearlessness and less caution.
  4. More vulnerability and less bombast.
  5. More confidence and less tentativeness.
  6. More kindness and less incivility.
  7. More speaking up and less being a good girl.
  8. More goodness and less evil.
  9. More generosity and less mean-spiritedness.
  10. More collaboration and less competition.
  11. More understanding and less hyperbole.
  12. More being and less doing.
  13. More love and less hate.
  14. More mindfulness and less reactiveness.
  15. More genuine and less artificial.
  16. More openness and less bias.
  17. More praise and less hurtful criticism.
  18. More empathy and less apathy.

Making this list come alive at work, at home, etc., means that we be the change we want to see. We have to:

  • Stop wishing people and situations were more like we want them to be and accept them as they are.
  • Be intellectually curious and make an effort to understand how others think and feel. We don’t have to accept their position, only acknowledge their right to have it.
  • Love ourselves so we can love others.
  • Be mindful of the stories we tell uourselves because those narratives take on a life of their own.
  • Exercise our kindness “muscle” and do something kind at least once a day.
  • Be present. Hold ourselves accountable for paying attention and being aware.
  • Refrain from judging those who think differently than we do. Look at life like a Baskin-Robbins store that serves up at least 31 different flavors.of difference.

It is a pleasant feeling to be the first to walk on sands which the tide has just left. It is like being the first to visit a new land. It produces a freshness of sensation something akin to that of early morning, or of spring. It is like entering upon a new stage of life, having a new world before us from which to receive, and upon which to make impressions. ~Henry James Slack, activist

Ready to make your corner of the world a more caring place?

Image credit before quote: Pixabay







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