According to me leadership is about understanding the fundamental purpose of power and embracing its true value ie, social welfare. Through media you will be familiar with these female leaders of Taiwan(Tsai Ing-wen), Finland(Sanna Mirella Marin), Germany(Angela Merkel), Iceland(Katrin Jakobsdottir), New Zealand(Jacinda Ardern), Norway(Erna Solberg)and Kerala(K.K.Shailaja). Let us take a moment to appreciate these ladies who are doing better than their counterparts amidst this pandemic season. Along with that let us analyse what make them different..
Health minister Shailaja teacher from my home town, is hailed as ‘Corona Slayer’. I remember her early haste response for the effective control of the community spread when first case in India was reported in Kerala.Maybe her past victory over Nipah virus paved the way for this quick thoughtful actions. I have observed her calm and sensible approaches amid the chaos by the opposition leaders during official meetings. And now she is the first health minister from India to be invited by UN for delivering a speech on the same. Shailja teacher is a tangible example for all women around the world for the positive, compassionate and nuanced exercise of power.
Dealing with a major terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic eruption, and a pandemic, all in her first term of office while holding a baby makes Jacinda Ardern a super woman for all of us…She gave us jaw dropping moments while attending cabinet meetings with her newborn while most of us feel uncomfortable to attend a zoom meeting with a baby. She forges her own ways to win the heart of the fellow beings while covering the funeral costs for the victims of the country’s terrorist attacks, changing gun laws, and even her mourning wear also symbolized her love and compassion for them.
If we look at other countries and here in Canadian provinces that have best managed this pandemic, one common factor stand out: more often than not, their response seems to include a prominent female leader. They make good leaders, irrespective of the state they’re dealing with. We can observe how the inborn values of a real woman make the difference in a crisis. It’s really about showing the patience for listening, being collaborative, being non-partisan, being informed, multitasking, being compassionate and balancing the work and family life.
However, it is equally important to understand that there are countries with male leaders who is effectively fighting against this virus. That also means it is not about the gender, rather the empathetic and brave approach matters while you handle with a pandemic. Since women are more exposed in handling family/motherhood crisis, during this pandemic they were able to show the same high emotional intelligence and to perform better. I thank the all these wonderful women to make us feel proud 🙂🙏
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