Everyone consists of both masculine and feminine energy. Feminine energy is associated with the right side of the brain. It produces things like collaboration, creativity, flow, innovation, and teamwork. Masculine energy is associated with the left side. It is responsible for logic, organization, force, planning, and protection. While different, both have the ability to see emerging patterns. Masculine energy is ruled by the head, while feminine energy is ruled by the heart.
White culture has predominantly centered around masculine energy. Since the turn of the 20th century with the suffragate movement, the tide has been s.l.o.w.l.y. turning to also include feminine energy as positive. There’s still a long way to go, but progress has been made.
Organizations need more feminine energy in order to succeed in the 21st century. They need leaders with a good balance of both masculine and feminine energy to lead the next generations of employees. Companies who don’t encourage their leaders to develop the so-called “soft skills” associated with feminine energy will cease to be competitive. At NextGen Orgs, we call them essential skills.
Developing skills like emotional intelligence, which studies have shown give leaders and high-performers a strong competitive edge in the market, is no longer a luxury. Other essential skills include building vulnerability-based trust, managing healthy conflict, and gaining commitment from employees toward a common goal. These are all skills that rely heavily on feminine energy.
Patrick Lencioni, author of the Five Dysfunctions of Teams, has partnered with Wiley (creators of Everything DiSC) to develop an assessment and training on the five functions of cohesive teams. They took the positive opposites of the original five dysfunctions. Using this they developed a pyramid that builds on the five functions of cohesive teams. The five functions are: building vulnerability-based trust, managing conflict, gaining commitment, accountability, and results.
Looking at the pyramid, notice that the very foundation is building trust. This base requires a healthy dose of feminine energy. In fact, the first three functions all require strong feminine energy. It’s not until the top of the pyramid that the need for masculine energy arises. Creating accountability and results, which uses both masculine and feminine energy. Please note: we’re using masculine energy in describing this process. It’s not as black and white as it may seem here, but it helps illustrate the point.
Building Better Teams
Employee engagement at most companies is dreadfully low. The national average has hovered around 30% for the last twenty-five years. Yet when you look at companies with high engagement, you see leadership that has a good blend of both masculine and feminine energy. Specifically, you see leaders with high emotional intelligence. You see trust woven throughout the entire culture. You see open, transparent communication that increases feedback and helps manage conflict productively. And you see a culture of accountability and results. You see a culture where people love their jobs.
The solution to the problems of low engagement, high turnover, and poor productivity requires balance. Leaders need to actively develop their feminine qualities while maintaining the best of their masculine qualities. If your organization wants to work on this, we can help. If you’re curious about taking Lencioni’s assessment for your team, we can help with that, too.
Johanna Lyman is the Founder and CEO of NextGen Orgs. She is a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach with over fifteen years of experience in implementing organization wide change strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and Small Businesses.
At NextGen Orgs, we use a combination of unique delivery methods and processes to get results. These methods crack the code on establishing lasting organizational behavior changes in a relatively short period of time. Our proprietary and evolutionary system can eliminate months of leadership-related frustration. Empowering employees to develop strong leadership and build a cohesive, collaborative team.
Johanna is a professional speaker, available to speak on a variety of topics related to culture, communication, innovation, and leadership skills. She is the Board President for the Bay Area Chapter of Conscious Capitalism and is deeply versed in how to help businesses be a force for good in the world. Learn more (URL: https://www.nextgenorgs.com/about/). Contact Johanna at email@example.com