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What Iceland, Emma Thompson and the women of Vanuatu can teach us about Feminine leadership


Women have a tremendous opportunity to become agents of creative change in the face of the uncertain and unknown realities of the world today. 

Over the past fifteen years I’ve had the honor of speaking to thousands of women change agents, and the one thing I am sure of is this; while the leadership challenges today are enormous, it is this very pressure that is allowing us to birth a whole new way of leading – in alignment with our evolutionary unfolding. 

We’ve seen this emerging in the #metoo and #timesup movements, which began in the film world and have cascaded into every industry and area of life.

We’ve seen it in the Women’s March and in the spark in Greta Thunberg’s eye as she speaks truth to power. 

I see it every day in the courage of the women in our programs who are transforming burnout into sustainable work rhythms, creating new forms of impactful collaboration and bravely unleashing their innate leadership capacities.

A fresh kind of daring, audacity and boldness is rising within us as women. The conditions are ripe for our innate Deep Feminine and Masculine potential to begin to express itself fully at last.

Today I’m excited to share four shining examples of this new potential rising – a potential I call ‘Mysterial’.

Women Making Waves in Vanuatu

This fascinating article highlights a remote part of the Pacific, where ‘water music’ is helping women deepen their ties to the ocean and strengthen their social and economic standing. The photos contain so much joy! They’ve got me thinking about all the aspects of nature that give me strength. Reflecting on the elements or landscapes that enliven and fortify us can deepen our resilience as we face the leadership challenges of the day.

You can read more about the women of Vanuatu here >>

Emma Thompson Taking A Stand

Emma Thompson recently made a powerful Mysterial Woman heroic move when she stepped away from the film “Luck,” because she refused to work with a man who has been accused of sexual misconduct for decades.

Thompson said, “I am well aware that centuries of entitlement to women’s bodies whether they like it or not is not going to change overnight. Or in a year. But I am also aware that if people who have spoken out — like me — do not take this sort of a stand then things are very unlikely to change at anything like the pace required to protect my daughter’s generation.”

The Prime Minister of Iceland is Building a Paradise for Women

In this article, the Prime Minister of Iceland tells the story of the ‘women’s day off’, and how it highlighted all the visible and invisible tasks, paid and unpaid, that women undertake every day, everywhere, and form the foundation of our communities.

She explains how this day in 1975, on which 90% of women in Iceland refused to perform work, was the beginning of a huge and powerful movement that resulted in an enormous social change in Iceland. You can read all about it here >>

The Five Teenage Girls Who Changed The World


The new generation of brilliant, young, women activists has so much to teach us about resilient leadership in tough times. 

You can meet them here >>

May these stories enhance your Feminine leadership and powerful capacity to create meaningful change in your families, communities and workplaces today.