What are “feminine” leadership qualities?

An interesting question was raised at the meeting of a large European organization starting a deep cultural change initiative. 

The leadership qualities that senior managers will be encouraged to learn are e.g.:

  • Being open to change and to new ideas
  • Having a trusting, respectful attitude towards people
  • Empathy and listening
  • Being proud – of the team and of the organization rather than of themselves
  • Speaking the truth, being able to give negative feedback with compassion and positive feedback with enthusiasm
  • Being authentic and adopt a human posture
  • Being a “servant leader”


The question was:

Are these leadership qualities that we could call “feminine”?

What do you think?




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