Following on from the three previous posts and videos reporting from our evening in London with Dr David Paul, I thought you might like to also review the feedback from the group discussion.

What are the leadership qualities of women that will help build robust structures?
What are the qualities that women are bringing to achieve these better results?

Group One

  • Women’s natural ability to collaborate
  • To ask for opinions
  • Research is showing that 85% of intelligence is emotional intelligence, something which is much more natural for women – sometimes, being known as ‘emotional’ is spoken about as being a negative trait in women, but it is actually very positive.
  • The women who have become leaders: they have developed the confidence to trust their instincts;
  • They listen to the people around them not only listening to what is being said but also what is NOT being said. This leads them to ask more questions giving people the space to fully express more of their ideas.

Group Two

  • Grace  – coming from their experience and knowledge
  • Compassion coming from deep experience
  • Courage – women have generally have had to break through barriers and shift out of her comfort zone
  • Accepting of people
  • Engender trust in those around them
  • Treat people with respect, so they feel listened to
  • Inclusive … treating people as equals
  • Respectful
  • Open
  • Create an atmosphere of friendship and trust where people can do their best
  • Nurture and take care of people
  • A mother’s instinct for life … they want to protect (even for women who are not parents)
  • Shakti power … very powerful !

Group Three
The moral compass applies to men and women

  • Love
  • Collaboration
  • Trust and honesty
  • Caring
  • Family and tribe
  • Nourishing and nurturing
  • Co-creating
  • Cooperating rather than competition because that creates separateness
  • Listening

Group Four

  • Awareness, noticing things in context and really listening holistically, being fully aware
  • Service – it’s not about me
  • Quiet persistence, not a big force…. like water dripping on a stone
  • Ability to integrate and cross boundaries
  • Harmonizing

Group Five

  • Leaning in, whole body, full body … really listening
  • Inclusivity
  • Compassionate
  • Vulnerability
  • Empathetic
  • Authentic
  • Spatial awareness
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Body awareness
  • Heart centredness
  • Curiosity
  • Excellence
  • Strength
  • Care
  • Love
  • Intuition
  • Relatedness
  • Creativity & co-creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Tend and Befriend
  • Generative
  • Generosity
  • Curiosity
  • Support and championing
  • Ferocity
  • Bitch Goddess!
  • Integrity
  • Non-judgement

The Athena Doctrine book by Dr John Gerzema & Michael A’Antonio presents traits and attributes which a research group of 64,000 people ascribed to either feminine or masculine, or neutral, and then mapped out these same traits that were desired for future Leadership, Morality, Happiness and Success. These key desirable traits are: Intuitive, expressive, reasonable, collaborative, passionate, empathetic, selfless, flexible, loyal and plans for the future, and they were all listed under the category that the research group agreed were feminine.