Feminine Leadership – Wisdom is a Wise Investment

Pnina Tamano-Shata and Eliana Gilad

Pnina Tamano-Shata and Eliana Gilad

Yesterday I attended a women’s business conference in the North of Israel. This time, This time, instead of being a presenter, I was a member of the audience.

Almost all of the presenters had their  “signature” talks prepared. Some were good, some were B-O-R-I-N-G.

But the one that grabbed my heart and caused a standing ovation, was the unplanned spontaneous speech given by an Israel parliament member. Pnina  Tamano Shata is the first Ethiopian woman to be elected to the Israeli parliament. She’s in her mid-thirties. Not exactly the typical image you would have of a “statesman”.

Don’t be fooled. This woman inspired awe by her simplicity and her authenticity. 27 females have been voted into the Israel Parliament in the latest elections. This is the first time in history.

Those who know me know that I have never been one to be interested in politics. I always believed that I should clean up my back yard first before suggesting to anyone else how to live.

Yet change is at hand. The new leaders like Tamano Shata are a new breed of truly feminine leadership. Her presentation was real and it warmed the hearts of everyone present.

She spoke about her mother’s wisdom inspiring her to take daring steps.  Her spontaneous speaking brought me to tears.  I asked to interview her afterwards.  Shows how powerful authenticity is.


Her assistant Odelia was also a refreshing gift of feminine leadership.  It’s such a inspiration to experience natural beauty, shining from the inside out, as a basis of power.  I look forward to supporting these women’s voices be heard – in English, so that the world can experience their inspiring power.

In their book The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the World.  authors John Gerzema and Michael D’Antonio discovered, 66% of adults agreed that “the world would be a better place if men thought more like women” – including 63% of men worldwide and an astounding 79% of Japanese males. Yet men, of course, continue to dominate corporate leadership and power structures.  Most companies are still very masculine in their approach – very rigid.

Feminine values are the operating system of 21st century progress.


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