|Posted by SRoya on July 21, 2014 at 3:55 AM|
Goddess in the Boardroom by S'Roya Rose
The emerging Goddess culture in the boardroom is seeing a new breed of woman. These women have cleverly refined and unified aspects of their masculine (mental) and feminine (feeling) qualities into their brand of business acumen. Consequently these emerging executive Goddesses are considered to be having a profound long term healing effect in the business sector and corporate realms...
Her presence at the very highest levels of management seems to be necessitating and even driving 4th dimensional awareness and concepts back into our 3rd dimensional world of commercial business. This has a flow on effect transforming everything from outmoded humanities and older managerial models and techniques, to helping create a balance within humane, ethically developed business strategies along with fair-trading, while birthing a healthier, holistically improved corporate citizen. Not bad given that women only make up approximately 10% of the corporate sector. Imagine how balanced business life would be if it were even at 30%!
Hallelujah… all hail the Corporate Goddesses in the boardroom!
Over the past five decades women have come a long way. Where female managers were once invisible and largely nonexistent, there has been steady movement up and out of administration roles and into the realms of management and high-powered positions within the corporate world, including national and global 50
politics. However, sometimes this was at the expense of her personal suffering, judgement and ridicule, the need to even martyr herself to some degree, and having to succumb to the competition with men. In the past women have had a hard time wrestling with this balance, especially the outward social judgements of their role in working society, of course this has changed. She is now accepted as a professional and no longer needs to overcome these old social biases, or has she?
I remember a time in my early 20’s when a female client ridiculed me for working, because I had to place my children in day-care full time. She was simply projecting her social beliefs of what she saw as a ‘women’s role’ in society back then. My life circumstances didn’t allow me the privilege of being a stay at home mum. Well 25 years on, things have changed dramatically; I, like many of my peers, am now the CEO of my own company and totally love what I do, my children are grown and I’m getting on with the fun of business.
As a therapist having held counsel with many business women, I observed a shared commonality of certain traits, motivations, behaviours and life experiences that set them apart and predisposed them as non-conformists in their life’s direction and choices. Often they were the eldest daughters who’d had huge responsibility placed on them early. Some were consciously choosing not to marry or become mothers early in their life. They were simply choosing a different lifestyle, one that was not considered by their mothers before them. These women want to succeed in their chosen vocation testing themselves in the world before settling down to become wives and mothers.
I observed first hand how feminine analytical wisdom could be adapted to the strategic requirements of business and utilised in many corporate situations, even politics. It definitely takes a certain kind of woman with specific developed qualities to feel comfortable enough to be completely at home in the realms of business and/or working with men. But when she can, she brings some interestingly developed feminine skills along with her. These Goddesses had to face the masculine within to be able to handle the masculine without. Sometimes that meant she’d been able to identify herself through a good relationship with her role model father. After all, she knows that she is a woman operating in a man’s world if she’s in business. She’s had to develop her mental, logical, and rational masculine side for men to accept her as a comrade and an equal.
In the past however this often came at the cost of a Goddess rejecting her unconscious, vulnerable, emotional, feminine side, possibly even hiding her latent psychic and natural intuitive abilities, choosing instead to hone her mental agility and analytical power as her new, preferred, intellectual armour. These Goddesses have had to give way to an achievement-oriented persona, combining the qualities of the warrior with that of a cool, strategic, fast thinker, developing her intellectual linguistic approaches.
Goddesses in business today are learning to balance their intuitive feminine wisdom with their intellectual versatility giving them powerful observational abilities. She is therefore a force to reckon with. This kind of mastery consequently opens the dark, primitive, deeper side of her inner goddess nature, allowing her to see and penetrate both sides of an equation through emotional intelligence and mental objectivity; a great analytical requirement used in both strategic business planning, management, and of course, leadership.
These Goddesses are very powerful women indeed; very focussed, usually quite driven, with loftier goals in mind - qualities that I too had developed over a period of time. I recognised that my female business clients were mirroring many of my strengths even though they were used in different ways. These Goddesses were wise, intelligent, courageous women, having faced many life crises and developed mastery over their financial independence. They were often living alone feeling that to be independent meant not having a permanent live in partner. I observed that many were oftentimes divorced, seen as ruthless, and found it difficult to find partners they felt were intellectually equal to them. They all possessed that feminine wisdom of insight and had a penetrating perception, effectively used to see beneath the surface of things, to the root of a problem. These qualities gave them an intellectual psychological edge in their business, with the ability to bring the unconscious into conscious awareness. Maybe that’s why some men found them formidable and couldn’t be around them. When a woman can see all and is unafraid of making you accountable, there’s nowhere to run. But one thing is for sure; all these corporate amazons were heart driven, fully present in their soul’s passions, fearless of life and its challenges, fuelled by the desire to be great at whatever they choose to do.
An excerpt taken from the book,
'BlackRose - Empowering the Inner Goddess'
by S'Roya Rose
Categories: Goddess Related