The Leadership Group is excited to announce leadership programming tailored specifically to men. We had started to notice some men-specific patterns of responding in our regular leadership training sessions. There seemed to be certain topics that received increased engagement from the men in our groups. While everybody can benefit from general leadership coaching, we started to think about finely tuning a product just for men. In designing this program, we have tried to target some of the societal influences, pressures and barriers to success that might be more acutely experienced by men.
Society tells you to produce, provide, thrive, and succeed, be a mentor to your colleagues and a role model for your children and your community. Keep going, don’t rest and most of all, don’t appear vulnerable. Communities prosper from male strength, protection, and selfless chivalry, but they really thrive when such power is combined with tenderness, generosity, and a benevolent spirit.
All of our coaching draws upon the foundation of non-violent communication, which is also called compassionate communication. Compassion at its roots is about the desire to end suffering and is really the start of all effective communication practices. We understand that one of the hardest journeys is for men to show themselves compassion. Harmful communication happens when people interact from a place of fear, doubt, worry, shame or guilt. A lot of this harmful communication happens in our own heads, and men often don't have an outlet to share what's going on for them. The foundational tools of compassionate communication teaches us that sharing power with others is actually more empowering than having power over others.