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Leadership is Feminine

For most women, when we are invited to study leadership the teachers, scholars, authorities and models are primarily… men. We are indoctrinated from the time we are born that men are the leaders and that natural male characteristics are the strengths you must also possess to be a good leader. Powerful. Strong. Authoritative. Direct. Assertive. Decisive. These and so many more are attributes that are typically associated with the male model of a leader. And so, for the better part of the last one hundred years as women have made their way into the fold, in a variety of leadership roles, we have learned and studied to walk the way of a men to achieve success. Women dismiss their own knowing because we’ve been so indoctrinated in male leadership models. We dismiss what we know for what others tell us to be and how to be seen. There is another way to lead. To be in alignment. To not feel like an imposter. It’s time for the reimagining of leadership. That’s not to disparage any of the progress that has come before us. Progress is progress. For those of us who stand in the footsteps of the women who came before us we are here because of their courage, bravery and resilience. I wonder instead if women equally looked to the characteristics they learned from their mothers for leadership. I wonder if we were taught to lean on different qualities to drive success. I wonder what might happen then? The traditional qualities of mothering are communication, nurturing, listening, strength, support, grace, and yes… love. What if to be the best leader you can be as a woman, you integrated the best of both? This is how women will stand with integrity in their role as leaders. As women, we can be assertive, direct, powerful, and authoritative but we need not only rely on those attributes for success. After 25 years of watching and studying leaders, I can tell you that for sure many traditional male attributes are effective in the short run, but they typically only serve a few. Whereas, when leadership is feminine. When the leader possesses the strengths of femininity and grace the results are for all. This podcast is my like my gentle request and invitation to my fellow female leaders that we reclaim the world leadership as one that is a feminine definition. That we continue to work with all of our allies to build organizations and systems that include more support, collaboration, grace and communication. And that we do so not because we are uncomfortable with the more traditional male-dominating models, but because we truly do know that leadership is a feminine strength and attribute. And the world needs more of us leading. Now more than ever.
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Jul 27, 2020

If your employees are wanting you to think for them and are relying on you to make all of the decisions for them, here are some suggestions for how to stop being that continuous crutch.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. Kris’ recent commitment - “I will no longer make decisions that other people are capable of making.”
  2. Can you handle the failure if you let them make a decision?
  3. If you have decision fatigue, and you have women who report to you, then they have it, too.
  4. The secret to “CEO-ing” aka how to conduct a beautiful orchestra without playing a fiddle.
  5. The painful key - you have to develop the patience to watch your employees think.

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For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 20, 2020

In today’s interview, Kris talks with clients Laura Patrick, Jennifer Hood and Kira DeRito about what it’s been like for them to negotiate the challenges that COVID has presented to their business and to them as female founders.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. What each business owner’s thoughts were when all of the COVID stuff started.
  2. Things that they have done for themselves to help navigate the moment.
  3. What unexpected benefits or by-products resulted from the whole thing.
  4. How each business owner pivoted and what adaptations they made to their business models that helped.
  5. Advice for the woman who is listening who’s still in it and needs some wisdom about what to do next.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 13, 2020

Your growth and your ability to scale and make more money in your business depends on your willingness to allow other people to fail. It depends on your willingness to tolerate other people’s mistakes.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. You don’t have to give up tasks you love to do or that are your superpower.
  2. What the definition of “doing it wrong” is to female entrepreneurs.
  3. There are people who know how to do what you’ve been doing, and some can even do it better than you.
  4. Just because team members sometimes mess up doesn’t mean you dismiss the idea of having help.
  5. The investment you make in yourself to be able to learn how to hire, train, onboard, delegate and then hold people accountable - exponentially pays off in your company.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next couple of weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a bit. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

Jul 6, 2020

When you are a leader and own a business, it’s not only okay to have expectations, it’s your responsibility to have them. But most female entrepreneurs that I work with usually wrangle with these three issues when it comes to expectations.

What you'll learn from this episode:

  1. The three main issues that female entrepreneurs wrangle with when it comes to expectations.
  2. Many female entrepreneurs think that their expectations are too.
  3. The Olive Garden analogy.
  4. Many women think it’s selfish to 1) expect things to be done and 2) to want them done in a certain way.
  5. Female entrepreneurs tend to worry about what other’s expect of them.
  6. This self-evaluative judgement is not useful; it drags you down. Guilt is not useful.
  7. Why every female entrepreneur needs a coach.

Follow me on Instagram and send me a DM. https://www.instagram.com/krisplachycoach/

For the next three weeks I’m accepting new clients – then none after that for a smidge. So, now’s the time to come work with me! https://krisplachy.com/appointment/

© 2020 Kris Plachy

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