Creativity has the potential to take women further in their professional lives than ever before – and certainly beyond what leadership abilities can. This concept is one of many streaming through my mind as I read the book Genership 1.0: Beyond Leadership Toward Liberating the Creative Soul by David Castro.
About the Book Genership 1.0
Genership 1.0 is an interesting read that delves into the limitations of the word “leadership,” a term that Western civilization puts a lot of emphasis on as being both important and valuable for adults. However, have you ever thought about what leadership means?
As author Castro explains in the book, leadership is an ambiguous term, with limitations to it by not including the concept of creativity. Castro suggests that instead of focusing on being leaders in our society, we are better off focusing on how we can create our world with others, to create new opportunities for growth. He gives a name to this creativity term and it is called “genership.”
Applying Creativity to Women’s Roles
As I read the book, I wonder, what if women harness their creativity to use it with other women, as well as with men, to accomplish new things in the world. Can you imagine what new and creative opportunities that would open up in the future? There could be new inventions, new perspectives on the world, and a whole new group of women banding together to make waves in the business world that currently is full of gender inequality issues. I get exciting thinking about the progression!
Perhaps if we start to think outside of the box, not just looking at historical patterns but instead focusing on the here and now, we could come up with some creative alternatives to organizational structure, as well as abolish the gender wage gap. New possibilities may be possible when we dig into the possibilities that come with being creative.
Part of this strategy, though, would involve women fully taking the reins of their lives. Sometimes, and I can attest to this, it can be easier just to follow a group leader’s directions and assume that person is steering us in a positive direction. It’s attractive to follow the leader because it places little responsibility on our backs, and we feel like we are being led in the right direction.
However, this strategy has flaws. It assumes the leader IS correct in the direction he or she is going, which may not be the case. Also, it doesn’t give everyone involved equal roles in the project at hand. And so, gender inequality in Western society would not be helped in any way.
Other Thoughts on Creativity, Women and the Future
Instead, creativity may be what takes women further than ever before. It may be the missing energy that we feel gnawing at us and urging us forward to achieve more than we currently see around ourselves.
Of course, the word I use in the title of this post is “can” rather than “will” because there is no certainty of outcomes here. And, patterns sometimes change in life without us being able to predict them. We’ve seen that in the past and will see that in the future.
In addition, what if only some women act creatively, while other women instead choose to act in ways based on past theories? It’s their choice, after all; they can look to the past or create for the future. My gut feeling is that if only some females participate in creating new possibilities for the workforce and home life then there would be limitations.
What are your thoughts on the power of creativity for women?