Leadership Part 2

Fun game: Answer these two questions in your head. One immediately after the other.

  1. What are leadership characteristics?
  2. Who are famous females leaders that have these characteristics?

 

Did it take you a little bit longer to think of names, then if we had asked who are famous male leaders who have these characteristics?

 

It did for us. Here are our individual answers:

Sam: Tsunade from Naruto, a manga I started reading in the 6th grade after the Pokemon phase. Tsunade came to my mind as a leader because she was responsible for all the people in her country. She was a really skilled and strong warrior, and had a great amount of compassion. I think what is unique about her is that characters went to her for advice.

Amy: Oprah Winfrey,

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STRONG FEMALE LEADER AND MALE LEADER?

Sam: I think about my two taekwondo coaches, and can’t find significant differences between the genders. They both have visions, compassion, good communication, and humor. I’m sure there are differences, I just can’t think of any personal ones for the last week.

 

WHAT DOES A CHARISMATIC FEMALE LEADER LOOK LIKE?

Sam: They utilize the fact that females are viewed as care-takers. They are funny, likeable, and speak with purpose and wisdom.

Amy: They speak from the heart, they are vulnerable, caring and compassionate.

WHAT BARRIERS DO FEMALE LEADERS RUN INTO?

Amy: The traditional thinking that females are “too emotional”. The barrier of “emotion” actually allows us to develop strong relationships that are needed in the ever changing health professional world. I also think that our multiple responsibilities as care givers also serves as a barrier. Taking time off work to have a child (whether male or female) is not respected in this country. Families overall are not respected. I also think that sometimes, we as females, are our biggest barriers. We can be judgmental, judging others for leaving work early to take care of a sick child. If we can come from a place to support each other, all females, whether mothers or not, I believe we would be better off.

Sam: I really like that Amy has a lot of work experience. For me, with just entering the workforce my guess would be not looking like a b*tch. Since “success” and being liked are inversely related. I imagine trying to balance accomplishing goals and having friends to be tricky at times.

HOW IS LEADERSHIP TAUGHT?

Sam: As a student, I think it’s taught through modeling, and not a textbook. As a “captain” of a team, I think having the kids on the team lead in a safe environment. I think establishing an open communication with the other leaders on the team for advice and feedback facilitates growth.

Amy: I also think that it is something that needs to be experienced. People need to be given the opportunity to lead and to be lead.

Amy: It looks like a person who is moving toward meeting the vision of their profession. Our current vision statement talks about transforming society. As a physical therapist, what behavior or virtues do I exhibit that promote the current vision, that is where we want to be.

 

 

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER:

What leadership characteristics do you have? How do you define leadership? Who did you think of right away for famous female leaders?

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