Posted by: ryanhanks | November 2, 2012


From what I read over the last couple of days since the university was closed is how there must be sustainability among men & women therefore allowing both populations to understand the meaning of bringing together practical leadership styles through the arts of communication, collaboration, task- oriented principles , relational- oriented principles, and mutual understanding. But why is there the question of stating how women are incapable to being proactive within the community because of not quenching the thirst for power & control like men do? Is it because of women focusing more on establishing relationships among individuals and worry about the outcomes which could have an effect on how they apply leadership or is it the natural mind playing a trick on people to believing  If I was ever to say how women are incompetent of gathering followers to hear about how they approach leadership effectively, I would be making a false allegation. Women are more than capable of pursuing interests or concerns on how to motivate and/or influence individuals to perform task objectives effectively, but through the eyes of men, women are unsure of themselves therefore they tend to take a step back and wait for someone else to support their cause because of hesitation. Men are uncomfortable when speaking at times because of how they feel unsure of themselves when decision- making comes into the scene, but they are good at not showing it in order to not lose their audience. If women and men could come together and balance each other in a way where they each can learn from one another, then leadership could become more proactive where it can be used in a positive manner instead of the way we, as a whole, perceive it through differentiation of other countries across the globe.


  1. This was the gist of the article in Kellerman and Rhode. Although the article in it’s entirety wasn’t agreeable to many of us, it did identify the need for collaboration. In working toward any type of change, our leadership curriculum teaches the need for cooperation and collaboration, especially in social change.

  2. We talk about this notion of women and uncertainty with power often in class, but your post drove me to think if I could apply it to any roles in my life. I catch myself often ever since this class hedging and showing uncertainty when i try to share my opinion. However, there is ONE environment where the females are dominant and it is my acapella group. For whatever reason, our male music director (the person who teaches us our songs) constantly hedges with his ideas even though it’s HIS ROLE to suggest minor improvements that can be made. He also always apologizes for any criticim he gives, though it’s helpful and his job to be honest. When the girls speak up in our group, they are “balls to the wall” blatantly honest about what didn’t work and how it should be handled. I just found it interesting that I am surrounded by a completely atypical group dynamic from which you wrote about.

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