John Gerzema

A businessman and author shares the importance of empathy in leadership.
When asked why women do not make it to the top of business proportionally, most people think first of their role in the family, a real and important issue.
In an open, social and interdependent economy, the skills and competencies required for leading are changing. In other words, this is more about leadership style -- the skills and competencies that corporate America rewards -- as opposed to gender.
As women have fought to be part of a man's world over the past few decades, they have often been required to suppress their feminine nature to make room for masculine traits.
According to a story in the June 2013 issue of Inc. magazine, it's not about being dominant or assertive. Instead, other
Common wisdom holds that any good leader must be a visionary: without vision, a company won't know where it is going or how to get there.
The essence of a modern leader is inherently feminine; a more expressive type of leader who shares their feelings and emotions more openly and honestly. This is in direct contrast to what we find in traditional power systems today.
Athena's broad range of qualities and skills are a symbol and namesake for best-selling author John Gerzema and Michael D'Antonio's new book, The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the men who think like them) Will Rule The Future. A more apt title would be hard to find.
My collaborator and co-author Michael D'Antonio and I travelled the world and conducted personal interviews with global political and business leaders as well as NGOs and start-ups to find out how these traits can be applied in real world situations.
The time is now for women's natural collaborative leadership style to be valued. As the 21st Century unfolds, the challenge is on for women to value our differences, raise our voices, be our authentic selves and dare to lead.