A WOMAN WHO CLEARLY CARES AND IS PREPARED TO GO ALL OUT TO MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN. A CRUSADER WHOSE ACTIONS OUTWEIGH HER CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE MAY THINK OF HER. GINA IS A TRUE FEMALE ROLE MODEL
We are going to be in a very interesting position this year which may see women suffering from a backlash as misogynistic men feel their backs are to the wall. The new-found boldness of women to speak up sweeping across all sectors in society – business, culture, politics – could have unintended negative consequences if bandwagons are hitched and irresponsible but tempting generalisations are embraced.
Whilst it is scandalous that as we celebrate 100 years of the Suffragette Movement, women are still having to fight for equality in so many spheres. We must not forget our integrity, dignity and grace. We must be better and act in a measured manner so revelations don’t add to the hysteria.
Fundamentally, it has been about an abuse of power and bullying, it is not about us changing, but cultures, society and power changing. We must strive for fairness, equality and access, not superiority. Be both strong and fair. Womanising the corporate and political world hasn’t really happened. And it is not just a female fight – equality sees no colour, gender, ethnicity, disability or social background. We must speak up for anyone that is vulnerable.
“My workplace is like a family – where everyone has a part to play, where we all have a stake in success and a right to be heard. I like level playing fields where we are judged by our abilities, not other people’s biases. Where we have flexibility to accommodate people’s lives”
We should lead by example, by rolling our sleeves up and making things happen. Leadership includes leading by example, inspiring positive behaviours, ending the drip, drip of discrimination that becomes damaging and the permissive cultures that engulf organisations – not sitting behind a glass wall worrying about if you are liked or about what people think about you.
My workplace is like a family – where everyone has a part to play, where we all have a stake in success and a right to be heard. I like level playing fields where we are judged by our abilities, not other people’s biases. Where we have flexibility to accommodate people’s lives. Rigidity won’t get the best out of people and I certainly do not want my staff thinking that their value is based on how long they are at their desk or on their computer. And success is by no means just about money or profit. I’m not interested in how much we can squeeze, exploit or extract from clients.
Our value to society is part of our success and is central to our principles and values. The old ‘would I sell this service to product to my grandmother’ test.
Being a leader is about the decisions you make, about the behaviour you display and the behaviour you inspire in others. You may solicit juicy nicknames, be called brash, gobby, a bitch, a She Devil – take them all as badges of honour. Like it or not 2018 has rumblings of this being the year for a genderquake. What do I mean by that?…A year in which we experience a radical alteration in the relationship between the sexes, resulting from women finding their voice, socially, economically and politically.