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GUEST POST: Gloria Steinem: A Global Leader of the Women’s Liberation Movement

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GUEST POST: Gloria Steinem: A Global Leader of the Women’s Liberation Movement

 

Guest Post Author is Alysha Nemeschy, Graduate Student at GORE Business School, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah


Gloria Steinem – a writer, lecturer, editor, feminist activist and leader – exemplifies what it is to be an impactful international leader. For the last five decades Steinem has committed herself to the women’s liberation movement and has had a profound impact on the liberation of women not only in America but also across the entire globe. Writer, professor and management consultant, Peter Drucker said, “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitation.” With this definition of leadership in mind, Steinem symbolizes what it is to lead not just a group, or a town, or even a country – but an entire world. Through her emotional intelligence, her high quality connections and her incorporation of the word ‘we’ rather than ‘I,’ Steinem has become a powerful and admirable international leader of the women’s liberation movement.

img1As a leader, Gloria Steinem possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is seen throughout leaders in all levels of society. In order for leaders to be successful they must portray certain attributes of emotional intelligence.  Daniel Goleman defines emotional intelligence as being composed of five elements: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skill. Although Steinem has effectively portrayed all five levels of emotional intelligence as a leader, her motivation has been one of her most inspiring levels of emotional intelligence. Steinem has been motivated to bring equality to women throughout her lifetime. Her motivation has been a driving factor in her success as a leader. Her motivation has aided in her progress and accomplishments in race caste systems, gender roles, child abuse prevention, and non-violent conflict resolution.

In addition to Gloria Steinem’s emotional intelligence she is a powerful leader through her passion and compassion for others in the high quality connections that she builds with people. According to Jane E. Dutton, people feel attuned to one another and experience a sense of worth and value when engaged in high quality connections. The idea of a high quality connection is that leaders can bring out the best in themselves and others, (Dutton, 11.) Throughout her career she has gone to great lengths to build high quality connections with those who could be positively affected by the liberation of women. Steinem has spent a great deal of time in India where she has acted as a friend, mentor and leader to women who have been oppressed throughout their lives. Steinem’s connections with these girls and women have helped them overcome personal strife’s and live more liberating lives.

img2Some may say Steinem’s leadership is deemed most effective due to her emotional intelligence, others through her high quality connections, but I believe her most powerful form of leadership comes in her ability to think and say the word ‘we’ rather than ‘I.’ Gloria Steinem has empowered women to stand up against inequalities, to demand equal pay, to fight for rights to their own bodies, to stand up against domestic violence and many other things. Gloria Steinem has thought of the liberation of women as a movement for all people in society, not just for the advancement of herself. It is this characteristic in her role as a leader that has gained her so many followers and such powerful impact. Her words have rang through communities throughout the nation, and with the effectiveness of her leadership, they will continue to be passed on for generation’s to come.

Gloria Steinem has been a powerful leader of the 20th and 21st century. Her role as a leader has gained her popularity by many. She is an effective level five leader, through her modesty and willfulness along with her shyness and fearlessness. She has created social change throughout the world and created a better world for us to live in. Her leadership role has given courage to those without a voice. Gloria Steinem has had a profound effect on society, and she has certainly had a profound effect on me.

 

Works Cited

  • Dutton, Jane E., and Gretchen M. Spreitzer. How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.
  • “Emotional Intelligence.” Daniel Goleman. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
  • HBR’s 10 Must Reads: Leadership. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review, 2011. Print.
  • “In India, Gloria Steinem Returns to the Roots of Her Activism.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
  • “LEVEL 5 LEADERSHIP.” Jim Collins. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2014.
  • “The Official Website of Author and Activist Gloria Steinem.” The Official Website of Author and Activist Gloria Steinem. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2014.
  • “The Official Website of Author and Activist Gloria Steinem – Home.” The Official Website of Author and Activist Gloria Steinem – Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Sept. 2014.
  • “Peter Drucker’s Life and Legacy | The Drucker Institute.” The Drucker Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Sept. 2014.

 


Guest Post Author is Alysha Nemeschy, Graduate Student at GORE Business School, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

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Professor and award winning author, world traveler, Mom, thought leader, mentor, friend, and advocate Vicki Whiting, Ph.D. is dedicated to the facilitation of learning and the development of leaders in all walks of life.

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