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Women Ruling the World

I have put off writing this blog for a while, but I keep coming back to the points I’ll make within it. So forgive me for going unusually political on you…just this once!

You see, things are changing in our world. Rapidly.

Here in the UK, we have just experienced a period of unprecedented political turmoil, since the country voted to leave the EU on the 23rd June.

One month on, we have a new Prime Minister, and she is female.

And with luck the next President of the United States of America will be a woman too (pleaaasssseeee don’t let it be Donald Trump!). And then we have Angela Murkel, and Nicola Sturgeon, and …well, you get my point. Interesting…

I have to admit, that I am not a raving feminist. However, I do feel glad that these changes are occurring, glad to see more female leaders in our countries and glad to know that the male dominated rungs of power are being scaled by women across the world.

You see, the key differences that exist between male brains and female brains, mean that we are genetically hardwired to act differently. Whereas the male brain is programmed to compete, to create distance between itself and its rivals, the female brain is designed to collaborate, to create relationships and be more harmonious.

Without me even going into more details of how the brains differ, you can see that just this one point is going to fundamentally shift the strategies, approaches and priorities that are utilised within government. But let me add a second, headline difference just to get you really thinking. You see the female brain is also hardwired to nurture. It is interested in people, not things, it cares about its environment and it seeks a very utilitarian situation in which everyone is equally valued.

Are these the attributes we would want in a leader? I know what my answer is!

However, the way many of our organisations work (and central Government is included here!) means that in order to succeed, the females within them have to adopt a very masculine persona. They have to compete, and compete hard. They have KPIs to meet, league tables to advance up and hierarchies to scale. Each of which are favoured and often sought by masculine brains.

So, it remains to be seen how female-brained our world’s female leaders are. But I for one will remain hopeful!