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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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Dec 25, 2023

In this final installment of this Gen-X Women Founders mini series, host Kris Plachy dives into the emotional load and labor that comes with being a Gen-X woman leading her own business. She delves into the societal pressures and expectations placed on women, especially those who are ambitious and successful in their careers. From the guilt associated with balancing work and family to the challenges of self-advocacy and trusting one's own instincts, Kris explores the emotional burden carried by many Gen-X women.

Throughout the episode, Kris encourages listeners to shed the guilt and embrace their worth and success. She emphasizes the importance of trusting oneself, and feeling pride in one's accomplishments. The conversation also highlights the need for empowerment and support among Gen-X women, addressing the impact of generational roles on personal and professional life.

This episode discusses how Gen-X women also fully embrace their drive to continue to show up in the work place and lead. Kris also shares insights on the kind of support Gen-X women founders benefit from when they surround themselves with others like them. By being in a space with women like them, Gen-X founders are able to continue to thrive and grow in their businesses and in their lives.

"You belong here in a leadership role. And we're going to swing that pendulum. We're going to pull the pendulum out of that masculine side and get you some more of that feminine leadership guidance so that you can be you. Confident you. Capable you. Exuberant you. Thriving you. Because she's in there."

Key Takeaways from this Episode:

  1. Self-Advocacy and Confidence: Encourages women to trust themselves, be proud of their achievements, and not succumb to societal expectations that may undermine their confidence.
  2. Cultural Expectations and Guilt: Addresses the cultural expectations that surround successful women, and acknowledges that even successful women may feel unworthy due to societal judgments on their choices
  3. Breaking Generational Patterns: Encourages listeners to break free from the patterns that have been passed down to our generation, and instead, make choices based on their own desires and aspirations.
  4. Celebrating Independence: Women should not feel shame for curating and navigating their lives differently from societal norms.
  5. Embracing Change and Feminine Leadership: Embracing change, integrating new ways of leadership, and shifting the pendulum towards more feminine leadership, where women can thrive and contribute to the success of their companies.

Why Gen X Female Founders Must Listen: 

This episode delivers a powerful blend of validation, empowerment, and practical insights tailored for Gen-X women founders. By addressing the unique challenges they face, fostering a sense of community connection, and encouraging self-acceptance, the episode serves as a source of inspiration and encouragement, offering a shared experience that resonates with the entrepreneurial journey of Gen-X women.

Connect with Kris Plachy 

  • ONE HOUR LEADER  Transform your current team into the self-directed team you wish you had in as little as one hour per week. 
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Dec 18, 2023

In this latest episode of Leadership is Feminine, Kris Plachy dives into the unique world of Gen-X women and the impact they have on leadership and change. This episode candidly addresses the impact of the pandemic on different generations and how it has influenced the struggles of the younger population. She discusses the need for leaders to understand and embrace the needs of the younger workforce and the importance of being open-minded and embracing change.

The conversation also centers around the emotional load carried by Gen-X women, exploring how their leadership styles and personal well-being are shaped by the responsibilities they carry. Kris emphasizes the importance of being open-minded and seeking curiosity, rather than giving in to fear and judgment.

Listeners can expect a thought-provoking exploration of how generational shifts influence leadership, personal growth, and professional challenges for Gen-X women. Tune in to the full episode to gain powerful insights into the world of Gen X women and how they are driving change in the workplace.

“You can't be afraid of progress, and you have to be a leader who is willing to embrace it all.” ~Kris Plachy

Key Takeaways from this Episode:

  1. Generation X as implementers of change: Discusses how Generation X has played a significant role in implementing the changes that the previous generation pushed for, highlighting their role in driving societal and workplace transformations.
  2. Leading a generation that experienced the pandemic: Addresses the responsibility of leaders, particularly Generation X, in guiding and supporting a generation that has been profoundly affected by the pandemic.
  3. Responsibility of Generation X in addressing the problems: Encourages self-reflection and accountability among Generation X in acknowledging and addressing the issues faced by the younger generation, emphasizing their role in contributing to solutions.
  4. Concerns about stifling opportunities for younger generation: Highlights the negative experiences and treatment faced by the younger generation, calling for empathy and understanding from leaders towards these challenges.
  5. The need to redesign businesses to support change and progress: Emphasizes the necessity of reshaping business structures and practices to align with the changing needs and values of the workforce, promoting a culture of progress and inclusivity.

 

Why Gen X Female Founders Must Listen:

This podcast episode addresses the crucial role Gen X female entrepreneurs played in implementing societal changes and how they are now facing a new generation pushing for further transformation post-COVID. The episode emphasizes the need for these entrepreneurs to confront their generation's resistance to change, particularly in areas like mental health, diversity, and work-life balance, and advocates for embracing the innovative potential of the younger workforce to lead businesses into the future. 

Connect with Kris Plachy 

  • LEAD FOR WOMEN: LEAD FOR WOMEN is THE curated Leadership Development, Training AND Advisement program for Elite Visionary Women seeking to upgrade their skills leading, managing, communicating with, and inspiring the people you pay to achieve results in your business. thevisionary.ceo/lead
  • Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! thevisionary.ceo/lead

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Dec 11, 2023

In our 3rd installment of Kris Plachy’s GenX Female Founder Series of "Leadership is Feminine," host Kris addresses the unique challenges and experiences of Gen X female entrepreneurs, with a special emphasis on imposter syndrome.  Specifically why so many of us experience it and how developing our understanding of it can help us overcome it… For good. 

Kris shares her journey and insights, tracing the evolution of women's roles in leadership from the early '90s to the present day. She discusses the initial need for women to emulate masculine traits in the workplace and the shift towards more empathetic and emotionally intelligent leadership.

Through personal anecdotes and reflective questions, Kris explores the deep-seated issue of imposter syndrome, particularly prevalent among women leaders aged 45 to 60. She urges listeners to rethink their approach to leadership, advocating for a balanced integration of both masculine and feminine energies.

Why Gen X Female Founders Must Listen:

This episode is a must-listen for Gen X female founders as it offers a resonant perspective on the unique challenges they face, particularly in reconciling traditional leadership norms with their authentic selves. Kris's insights into overcoming imposter syndrome are invaluable, providing practical guidance and empowerment. Her experience and advice are not just relatable but also instrumental in helping Gen X women leaders embrace their strengths, reject self-doubt, and lead with confidence and authenticity in their entrepreneurial journeys.

But you can be a loving, kind, empathic, empathetic leader. And I'm willing to bet that if you walk on the street and ask who were the best leaders people worked with and for, you would not hear them say, the powerful, domineering, aggressive, cruel person. – Kris Plachy

What You’ll Learn

  • Evolution of Women's Leadership Styles: Reflections on how women's leadership styles have transitioned from emulating masculine traits to embracing more balanced, empathetic approaches.
  • Imposter Syndrome in Female Leadership: Insights into the prevalence of imposter syndrome among Gen X female leaders and strategies to overcome it.
  • The Importance of Emotional Intelligence: Discussion on the critical role of emotional intelligence in modern leadership and its often undervalued importance in traditional, masculine-centric leadership models.
  • The Shift to Empathetic Leadership: Emphasis on the power and necessity of compassion, empathy, and listening in leadership, moving away from the outdated notion of authoritative and domineering leadership styles.
  • Embracing Authentic Leadership: Encouragement for female entrepreneurs to lead authentically, aligning their leadership style with their true selves, rather than conforming to pre-established norms.

Connect with Kris Plachy 

  • LEAD FOR WOMEN: LEAD FOR WOMEN is THE curated Leadership Development, Training AND Advisement program for Elite Visionary Women, including C-Suite Women, seeking to upgrade their skills leading, managing, communicating with, and inspiring the people you pay to achieve results in your business. thevisionary.ceo/lead
  • Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! thevisionary.ceo/lead

Work with Kris and Her Team:

Email: hello@thevisionary.ceo 

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Dec 4, 2023

As we continue our conversation about GenX Female Founders in Leadership is Feminine, this enlightening episode explores the unique world we all operate in, as GenX Women. Today’s focus is on the distinctive challenges they face as part of the "Sandwich Generation," juggling responsibilities towards both aging parents and growing children, often while managing thriving businesses. The episode delves into the nuances of this generational role, discussing how it shapes leadership styles, personal well-being, and family dynamics.

Kris candidly addresses issues like burnout, adrenal fatigue, and the evolving perception of women's health and emotional needs. The conversation also turns to the impact of Gen X parenting styles on current workplace dynamics, particularly the emotional intelligence and resilience of younger employees. The episode offers a fascinating look at how generational shifts influence leadership, personal growth, and professional challenges for Gen X women.

"We're the 'Sandwich Generation,' managing kids and aging parents, while running multimillion-dollar businesses. We're confronting burnout, adrenal fatigue, and a whole new world of emotional challenges. But as Gen X women, we're also uniquely equipped to lead with compassion and resilience. It's about more than just surviving - it's about thriving in these complex roles we play."

Key Takeaways from This Episode:

  1. The "Sandwich Generation" Challenge: Understanding the unique pressures faced by Gen X women balancing the care of children and aging parents while running businesses.
  2. Burnout and Adrenal Fatigue: Acknowledging the real health concerns affecting Gen X women, including the recent recognition and treatment of conditions like adrenal fatigue.
  3. Evolution in Women's Health Perceptions: Tracing how society's understanding and treatment of women's health issues have progressed over generations.
  4. Parenting Styles Influencing Leadership: Exploring the impact of Gen X parenting approaches on current workplace dynamics, especially regarding emotional intelligence and resilience.
  5. The Potential of Gen X Leadership: Recognizing Gen X women's unique position to positively influence the next generation of leaders with their balanced approach to work and life.

This episode is a must-listen for any Gen X female entrepreneur who feels the weight of being caught between personal and professional responsibilities. It provides valuable insights, shared experiences, and strategies for balancing life's various roles while maintaining personal well-being and effective leadership.

Contact Info and Recommended Resources

Connect with Kris Plachy

  • LEAD FOR WOMEN: LEAD FOR WOMEN is THE curated Leadership Development, Training AND Advisement program for Elite Visionary Women, including C-Suite Women, seeking to upgrade their skills leading, managing, communicating with, and inspiring the people you pay to achieve results in your business. thevisionary.ceo/lead 
  • Private Subscriber List: Get on the list today! TheVisionary.ceo

Work with Kris and Her Team:

Email: hello@krisplachy.com

Linkedin

Instagram

Facebook

Pinterest

Medium

Let’s face it: We all read the reviews before we buy or check out something new these days… and podcasts are no exception. So if you’ve enjoyed my podcast and don’t mind, I truly would appreciate a review posted to your favorite podcast platform (or two). It really does go a long way to reaching more like-minded individuals. Thank you so very much!

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