I could only speak of female leadership with the gratitude of being able to live it in my professional life so far. I was very lucky to have mostly female leaders, which I later realized when I was about to read the avalanche of testimonies triggered by the #metoo movement. All the abuses reported there, all the heinous things that happened in the institutions at the highest level made me realize a lot that the normality in which I lived and worked was not something that “belongs to me”, which is in nature things, but it was a long-worked, educated reality, finished by people who respect women, femininity and the needs that arise from the status of “working mom”. The balance of family life – professional life would have been a difficult reality to achieve without the empathy and high standards of humanity that my female superiors had. From them I learned what female leadership means. I am fortunate to work or have worked with visionary leaders, managers and entrepreneurs who have been able to appreciate women’s solidarity and put it into practice in the professional environment.
Making the women you work with feel respected, appreciated and safe, supporting them to express themselves and evolve professionally, empowering them to become them should be the fundamental goals of any leader, especially if she’s a woman.
I know, there’s a lot more work to be done on women’s solidarity and how women care for the women around them. But there are oases of normalcy, there is hope, there are precedents and there are patterns. We want to talk about these and bring them to public attention. If you had a boss who is a positive example, write to us about her. Any positive example attracts new ones.