Men hold on to corporate hierarchies while entering the Age of Empathy
published by Guests, on 30/09/2010
By Michele Mees (FEMCO)
Men hold on to corporate hierarchies while entering the Age of Empathy Came across this HBR blogpost by Nigel Nicholson, professor of organizational behavior at London Business School: Gender and the Future of the Hierarchical Organization.
Food for thought from this article:
“Our love affair with corporate hierarchy plays right into the hands of our ancestral primate instincts for contest, dominance, and pecking orders — that is, the traditional obsessions and addictions of men in a patriarchal order.”
“Men know the game, love it, and play it relentlessly
“Why do hierarchical models persist? The disturbing answer is that structures and systems are chosen by the people who prefer them and the people who do best in them: Men will sustain the systems in which they have been successful.”
This is in line with what I read in the first chapter of Jeremy Rifkin’s book The Empathis Civilization (buy it and read it: it’s great).
A quote by Rifkin, that can also be read with hierarchical organizations in mind:
And “Psychologists are quick to point out that a person feigning invulnerability and exhibiting an extreme libertarian sense of personal entitlement, devoid of emotions and compassion, is often someone so frightened by his own sense of vulnerability that his macho persona becomes a mask for hiding his fear.”