Women in Leadership – Quote (YES!)

The following is an absolutely exceptional and insightful quotation from one of the leaders at my church. His name is Kris Vallotton.

UNEDITED excerpt from the book I am writing entitled God’s Most Beautiful Creation. It reads much better in the context of the chapter. 🙂

The truth is that the absence of the feminine and matriarchal presence in leadership has come at an incalculable and at times cataclysmic expense to society. In the last 30 years I’ve observed many women coming into their place in leadership but for multiple reasons they are often required to play the patriarchal role. This of course puts them at a disadvantage in leadership because it doesn’t optimize their abilities. Many observe this dynamic and conclude that men are better leaders than women.

I would like to propose to you that men are better patriarchs than women and women are stronger matriarchs than men. Both roles are equally important and carry the same level of authority but they require different skills, strengths, and attributes. WE DON’T NEED WOMEN TO LEAD LIKE MEN. The world is starving for matriarchs who are compassion driven, intuitively gifted, nurturing, leaders. These leaders foster the maternal instinct in society that gives birth to a much more loving, caring, patient, and compassionate planet.

f S a U i C l C u E r S e S : How you see failure determines your success

There is a surprising amount of discernment necessary to grocery shop. When you purchase strawberries in a box you attempt to select the best, most ripe, most luscious ones possible. You wiggle the box around, trying to get a better view of potential stow-away strawberries – secretly moldy in an otherwise joyful strawberry ship.

Much of the time, despite the look of things, one chooses wrongly. Half the box goes straight into your garbage bin. Now, you have a choice:

1)      Continue expecting to find good strawberries

2)      Become jaded and stop purchasing them altogether

This might not seem serious, but what if strawberries are your favorite fruit? To choose not to buy, and therefore eat, your favorite fruit due to disappointment would be tragic. And how might this impact other areas of your life? Would it pollute other expectations? Would it discolor your view of the world? Of the future?

What if someone close hurts you?
Will you stop choosing intimacy with people?

What if you have an expectation of God which doesn’t get filled as you hoped?
Will you become offended at God?

Winston Churchill said,

“Success consists of going from failure to failure

without loss of enthusiasm.”

Excuse me, I’m going to go buy some

strawberries.