Archive for February, 2007

Women and Leadership

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Yesterday, in a conversation with Claudia – let’s call her a spiritual business woman – it became clearer to me what is actually one of the driving questions for me to initiate this gathering of Women Moving the Edge. This gathering will take place in a few days here in Belgium, in a very special and nice place De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren.

The question is: As women, do we really take the full leadership of what we are able to? For myself I translate it to: Do I really live to my highest potential?

Claudia mentioned that she sees many women who don’t take real responsibility for their lives; they don’t make things happen. And I’m wondering: why is that? I know a lot of women do take responsibility for their lives, their families, their neighbourhoods and lots more; but it is a more deeper level that I’m looking at here. I am holding the question: Is there something like a collective, women’s ego that is holding us back from doing the real thing, to make something happen that only we can do?

A few days ago I received an email pointing to a new project Standing Women. It seems nice, and can be very powerful, but I’m wondering is that really all that we have to do? Standing in silence for peace? Is that feminine leadership? I know, I have a lot of questions here, and I really don’t have answers… only a sense that there is more – at least for me – to do. Standing still for peace, even for hours on end, is not the real challenge for me… but then what is it? The only thing I do know is that I need others in a deep conversation to go beyond the not-knowing and into a new inner knowing…

Old Chinese Verse

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Just came across this beautiful verse on Leadership:

Go in search of your people:
Love Them;
Learn from Them;
Plan with Them;
Serve Them;
Begin with what They have;
Build on what They know.
But of the best leaders
when their task is accomplished,
their work is done,
The people all remark:
“We have done it ourselves.”