Leadership: Gender Specific or Gender Neutral?
First and foremost before I begin let me put to rest the doubt and disbelief about leadership. Leadership is a ‘Pillar’ of God. A ‘Commandment’ that only God can establish and thus cannot be watered down by a political philosophy. So, leadership is not something that can be parsed into smaller pieces to suit a person who is unable to carry out the massive requirements embedded in the foundation of the word’s meaning. Thus Jeremiah 32 verse 27 (key words) ‘all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?’ Malachi 3 verse 6 (key words) ‘For I am the Lord, I change not.’ 1st John 4 verse 14 (key words) ‘the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.’ (Holy Bible Authorized King James Version).
I trust those who’re in tuned to the truth have picked up on the theme above. Of a truth, everyone cannot be a leader. Let’s establish some facts about the selection process. No one knows who is capable until they’re placed in the position. It is similar to a statement about combat being that you never know who’s going to fight or flee until the bullets start flying. Mary, Mother of God, was a disciplined leader as she kept her mandate and gave birth to Jesus. If anyone is confused about what it takes to carry a child to full term go read a book on the matter. Harriet Tubman’s actions doing a sadistic period in America and she still did it. Rescuing slaves was dangerous business. Eleanor Roosevelt and her fight for women’s rights before her husband FDR became President of the United States.
Coco Chanel founder of Chanel in France. Sybill Storz of Karl Storz GmbH a medical device company in Germany. Shari Arison is an American-Israeli businesswoman. Oprah Winfrey is an African American businesswoman. Jeanne Bice an American businesswoman. Now I can list a few men here as well, but for the sake of making my point let’s say men have garnered more deferential treatment already say we. I want a very smart person, female or male, to write an algorithm and crunch the numbers with this one purpose. Which gender throughout our known history has shouldered more of the burden for equality and human rights? Which gender has helmed a business of any kind and kept it solvent, recovered it from inept leadership, and garnered the highest returned for its’ investors? Which gender has brought about justice and dignity in politics? I want to run the numbers for the last two hundred and fifty (250) years.
When the data is compiled; I want to see the regions of the world that has progressed more toward those commandments that God has laid out for his creation. I want to see within the places these leaders reside the synthesis if there is one where government, business and churches working together to meet the needs of the citizenry. Lastly, I want to know which gender performs these high minded ideals better. I have a belief that women perform just as good or better than men when given the chance. Taking into the account the control that each example would be from the position of leadership, woman and man.
It intrigues me that most of the historical celebrations have placed men in the spotlight. Let’s see if history would judge that to be the case when a controlled study is presented. Albeit we should take into account the suppression and oppression of women by men in the study as well. I wonder even with that error accounted for would men still be seen as the better leaders? I acknowledge all the studies of known success stories and biographies of women, but let’s get the question answered once and for all. Are men or are women the better leaders based on the outcomes they’ve produced when put in charge? When you’re the leader you’re responsible for it all period! Leadership is the monument established by God. You and I means you can’t water it down because the one representing your party’s not up to the task. The CEO is the leader of the company. All aspects of the company period! From the lowest paid employee to the most sensitive of product creation and distribution.
Lastly may I say. Watch yourself. You keep bouncing back and forth while tweaking the meaning of leadership to suit the moment. Sooner or later you’re going to forget the fact that you were never authorized to change the meaning in the first place. Know the truth because it will keep you free.