"Organizations will be well served by putting intention and attention on men and healthy masculinity as part of a cultural strategy if they are to be successful in creating a culture where everyone feels like they can bring their whole selves to work. " - Ray Arata
Put Attention On Healthy Masculinity
As A Cultural Strategy At Work
Organizations face many challenges. They range from how to make full use of talent to how to improve employee retention and attract high level talent, plus how to develop and produce more productive and successful internal team relationships and communication. The question that many corporations are trying to answer is how? A more effective is, with whom can we accomplish this?
In an era where patriarchal leadership is dying a slow death while diversity and inclusion efforts focus on the advancement of women and target groups, companies are slowly realizing that they’ve excluded men from their cultural strategy.
Organizations will be well served by putting intention and attention on men and healthy masculinity as part of a cultural strategy if they are to be successful in creating a culture where everyone feels like they can bring their whole selves to work. The old model of patriarchal leadership won’t get us there. Bro culture antics, fraught with toxic masculinity unconsciously driving leadership won’t do the trick either. Men today can choose a different way of being, and women can benefit from supporting this critical pivot.
WE ARE AT A POINT IN HISTORY WHERE HEALTHY MASCULINITY MUST BE EMBRACED AS A CORNERSTONE OF LEADERSHIP
We are at a point in history where healthy masculinity must be embraced as a cornerstone of leadership. The qualities of healthy masculinity require a conscious partnership of the head and heart. Today’s male leader must be willing to be self reflective, to be willing to know one’s self. Male leaders will be well served to with an awareness of the levels of toxicity present in their culture, and how their masculinity plays out in the overall culture. This requires that a male leader understand and own his biases and privilege while trying to support critical inroads for women and underrepresented groups. Women and underrepresented groups benefit from offering feedback, and encourage these steps in the spirit of allyship and partnership with men.
When it comes to a conscious partnership of the heart, today’s male leaders will be required to have emotional maturity, a conscious relationship with his emotions that allows him to respond as opposed to react. Today’s male leader can find strength in his own vulnerability, which will actually engender trust among those around him. His empathy and compassion, both for himself and others are key ingredients to being a healthy masculine leader.
The real value in today’s male leader embracing healthy masculinity is multi-faceted. Men in middle management, as well as individual contributors now have a model for a new way of being. Seeing men at the top embody these qualities gives them permission to do the same.
Women and underrepresented groups can begin to feel safe which encourages them to bring their “A” game. With this tone being set, it creates an enviable place to work, in support of companies efforts to attract and retain top talent. And finally, the win for men is that they too can be part of the solution as opposed to part of the problem. They can enjoy effective partnerships with women and underrepresented groups. They can begin to live healthier lives as partners, fathers, husbands and leaders. And they can pave the way for the future of men as healthy masculine role models.
Founder of the Better Man Conference
Co-Founder, Inclusionary Leadership Group
Keynote Inclusionary Leadership Speaker at www.rayarata.com