What it means to be a Feminine Leader

Hummus and Feminine LeadershipAfter sending out the review copies of Miriam’s Secret and waiting for your reponses (BTW, thanks for the great response!), I’ve been meditating upon what it means to be a feminine leader.   I know what it means to me, but I decided to speak with others to see what their take is.

Leadership is generally understood as one leader leading masses. There’s one person, the “star”, in the lead, and the others who follow.  The biggest, the best are the winners.

To me, feminine leadership does not mean being the biggest, the fanciest, one leading the masses. It means loving what you do, caring about what you do,  putting your heart into it and sharing with others.

A great example of feminine leadership is right  in my home town of Kiryat Tivon, in the heart of the Jezreel Valley – southern border of Galilee, nestled in the rolling green hills between Haifa and Nazareth.  Edna, in the picture on the left, is the owner of Arbas – Hummiseria (meaning “Hummus Joint”).

Yesterday was international hummus day, one of my all time favorite healthy foods. I walked into town to grab a plate of the delicious buttery paste made of garbanzo beans, sesame tehini dressing and alot of other great “stuff”.

What makes Edna a feminine leader?  She’s patient and kind. She served the plate of hummus with gracious finesse.   Wanna see?

It tastes even better than it looks!  Come check them out on the main street of Kiryat Tivon.

Feminine leadership is contagious – without even marketing their place, people wait in line to order their scrumptious garbanzo bean concoction.

Speaker Jenica Roberts wrote a great post about feminine leadership on her blog. She begins her muse:

“It occurred to me today that the phrase ‘women’s leadership’ might be more challenging than I would have have thought of, in ways I would never have thought of. Put more specifically, to some people it apparently means ‘lead like a woman’, while to me it means ‘lead while being a woman’.”

Tabitha Moore, who leads that Feminine Leadership Academy writes about her mother as her first mentor…”Her generation of women sacrificed their femininity because they knew that the only way to make it in the business world as a woman was to act exactly like a man.  And thanks to them, we have been able to prove that we can do anything and everything that men can do for decades now.”

What does being a feminine leader mean to you?

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