Greg Young: Women, naturally better leaders for the 21st century

Our thanks to Martin for this. From the email associated with the embarrassing 13-page document:

About the author

Greg Young, CEO of LeaderShape Global, has been a thought leader in the field of leadership development for over 10 years following a senior career in the Lifesciences and Telecommunications Sectors – see He is a contributor to “The Invisible Elephant & the Pyramid Treasure: Tomorrow’s Leadership – the Transpersonal Journey” (2011) and “Leadership Assessment for Talent Development” (2013). Greg diversity (sic) has a passion for diversity in leadership and most recently was on the Judging panel of Women in Construction and Engineering Awards (WICE) 2016.

An extract from the document (p2):

Routledge and LeaderShape Global in partnership are pleased to announce a series of quarterly White Papers around the subject of Transpersonal Leadership, culminating in the publication of a book entitled “Becoming a Transpersonal Leader” in January 2018. So what is Transpersonal Leadership? The concept was first published in a report on tomorrow’s leadership, based on a leadership development journey developed by LeaderShape (Knights, 2011). The word “transpersonal” was inspired by the use of the word in “transpersonal psychology” (Bynum, 2010). “Transpersonal” is defined as “extending or going beyond the personal or individual, beyond the usual limits of ego and personality”.

A Transpersonal Leader is defined as: They operate beyond the ego while continuing personal development and learning. They are radical, ethical, and authentic while emotionally intelligent and caring. They are able to:

• embed authentic, ethical and emotionally intelligent behaviours into the DNA of the organisation

• build strong, collaborative relationships, and

• create a Performance Enhancing Culture that is Ethical, Caring and Sustainable.

From p.10:

Ensuring women reach the top

There are many strong and valid societal and organisational reasons why fewer women reach senior positions and the very top of organisations than would be expected and justified by demographics. What this research study identifies is that women are actually better than men as leaders in many of the EI capabilities that make up the leadership styles that leaders need in the 21st century. However, the study also shows that there are a few areas, especially around emotional self-control and self-confidence where women could and should focus to make themselves as good as they can be as leaders in this fast changing world.

Strategies for building a strong pipeline of women leaders

This study shows that woman have natural attributes that when realised make them ideal leaders for organisations in the 21st century. The challenge however, is to get more women into leadership positions where they can deliver maximum advantage. These strategies fall into broad categories of: 1. Setting targets based upon sound data 2. Creating the right HR policies that enable the talent to be present in the work environment 3. Developing Organisation Development (OD) policies that recognise the difference in requirements between genders. 4. Building a culture that recognises and encourages leverage of the difference that woman can make to strategic thinking and performance.

My brain hurts. I think we can safely assume no mention is made in the document of the long-established fact that four times as many men as women have a strong work ethic, and that’s the prime reason men outnumber women at senior levels in the private sector.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • epistemol

    Seldom can I have read such invention and tosh, which goes so far as to be a parody of itself.
    Sury it is intended for ‘pseuds corner’.
    I suggest you waste no time in reading it – indeed no praise is too high, so that’s what I shall give it.

    • cheannaich

      When I read what you rightly describe as “tosh” I was reminded, for some reason, of a co-worker. Their nickname was ‘shoes’ as they were so far up the boss’s arse that one could only see their shoes. Maybe the author has a female boss.

  • I had a laugh reading that. One would be made to believe that men are absolutely not suitable for anything at all. Not even family. Can’t help thinking about how Carly Fiorina ran HP to the ground, and how Marissa Meyer did likewise at Yahoo. Both companies established by men and made great by men. Can’t help thinking how the female soldiers kept failing the most basic rangers’ tests for the military. I could go on and on. One thing that I am surprised about is how long it takes the average man to realize that just about everything coming out of the feminist mind is utter nonsense or an outright lie. Only men’s gentleman’s code of conduct enables women to get away with this increasingly costly and messy nonsense. Time for men to re-consider, before it’s too late.

    • cheannaich

      You could add to your list most of the public sector i.e. education, NHS, Civil Service, Emergency services, Local Authority administrators and then throw in the quangos and charities e,g, EHRC or Fawcett.
      Sadly, I don’t think the men are that much better, although they don’t get the positive action and other preferential treatment.

  • How can spineless simps like this exist. IT’s truly incredible. Does he genuinely believe this tosh?

    • epistemol

      Of cousre not Lawrence, as I think you are indirectly saying, he’s simply after femi brownie points.
      Like most of us, I am well used to this sort of brown nosing – it still manages to take my breath away though!