We believe that global challenges can be resolved through leadership behaviors that focus on nurturing and empowering human beings. This requires a paradigm shift in leadership toward values and behaviors that are associated with the feminine aspects of humanity; one that goes beyond expanding the number of women in leadership positions to effect a complete transformation in how leadership is defined and enacted by all leaders.
Embracing an empathetic, emotionally intelligent, and morally courageous approach to leadership is not the domain of any one gender. Both men and women are equally capable of it. What it does require, however, is reckoning with the systemically ingrained and psychologically internalized values that have glorified power over service and control over empathy throughout millennia.
The spirit of the age in the 21st century is already shifting in this new direction. As stated by Abdul-Baha over a century ago, “The world in the past has been ruled by force. . . But the balance is already shifting; force is losing its dominance, and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age, less masculine and more permeated with the feminine ideals.” The Global Institute for Feminine Leadership is designed to engage with with this shift as the most efficient path toward resolving global challenges and building a more peaceful world.
Research and publication
Research on leadership best practices has flourished and evolved extensively since the 1990’s. Increasingly, leadership values and characteristics that uphold social responsibility and service to the collective good and build capacity in all stakeholders are emphasized and encouraged. The rise to leadership of women across the globe in the 21st century and their visible success in handling the mounting crises facing their countries and the world, furthermore, has provided fresh evidence of the effectiveness of compassionate and morally courageous leadership, characteristics of the feminine aspect of humanity. Yet, research on what we have termed “feminine leadership” by both men and women and its crucial role in resolving global challenges remains an area of paucity in need of both scholarly and applied engagement.
The Global Institute for Feminine Leadership seeks to function as a primary think tank for cutting-edge research on leadership best practices, with a focus on the impact of gender roles on leadership behaviors and their implications for humanity's ability to effectively resolve critical global challenges.
Education and training in corporate and organizational settings
In addition to publication and dissemination of research results, the Institute aims to engage with all relevant organizations as a provider of leadership education and training. A key goal of the Institute will be to pursue innovative approaches to leadership training that can inspire heartfelt self-reflection and sustainable behavior change.
Conferences, webinars, and podcasts
One of the major means of raising the collective consciousness on the key role that feminine leadership can play in resolving global challenges is holding conversations among all interested parties through interactive conferences, webinars, and podcasts. Interactive conversations at the local, regional, and global levels will serve as the primary sources of insights and action for the Institute.
This Global Institute belongs to the local communities of likeminded people who are seeking a channel to initiate their own activities in raising the collective consciousness about the need for a paradigm shift in leadership. As such, the Institute will provide the opportunity to interested individuals to start their own chapters of the Institute anywhere across the planet.
We believe that early socialization in balanced leadership practices that uphold the crucial strengths of the feminine aspect of humanity is fundamental to building a better future. Engagement of the youth in all our endeavors across the globe constitutes a key aim of the Institute.
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