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Great piece, John (and right up my alley, as you know). Linda Carli and Alice Eagly co-wrote a great piece that is included in the book "Women & Leadership" (2007) edited by Kellerman/Rhode. In"Overcoming Resistance to Women Leaders" they write how "the leadership styles more typical of women than men resemble those recommended by most experts on leadership." It is not an either/or masculine vs. feminine way, as you note... nor is it necessarily in evidence in daily interactions among male/female colleagues. It is embedded in a culture that we all have to start questioning out loud and online. As well, like anything - in order for this discussion not to be considered a "women's" issue, and frustrating as it is to write this, there may well need to be more men willing to bring up the topic in order for it to get the attention it deserves. From my sustainable business perspective, exploring the masculine and feminine and getting more men and women comfortable with both sides in themselves, will advance business thinking by leaps and bounds. As also mentioned in the Carli/Eagly piece - it reflects a difference in "transactional" vs "transformational" leadership. You and all your readers know which way we must be heading! Thanks for this thorough piece.
"Awards" "events" "commissions" ...are business as usual. The education, funding and community design level initiatives are the types of things that will get more engagement from a broader audience (including those not in the design fields) and that's where we can start some momentum. Regular Joes have to start seeing for themselves what a difference design makes in their lives.