(with apologies to the Winfrey camp)
Those who remember Janet Jackson’s hard-core days, when she dressed in all black and was part of the Rhythm Nation, may recall her song, “The Pleasure Principle”.
She was on to something.
We serial entrepreneurs and world-changers find ourselves in a quandary. We may still want the hot, masculine man to take care of our most fun needs—but the world needs us too. So we also need a sensitive man who understands carbon footprints, the entrepreneur’s lifestyle AND our want to mentor that young girl who acts all hard-core but still loves stickers.
He’s out there, sistren. He’s just not going to show up the way we expect.
We leaders are the new species of woman. So, there’s a new species of man.
The old paradigm had men as our charismatic breadwinners, setting the vision for the household. Now the vision comes from us.
Who is the helpmate to the visionary, socially conscious woman?
A wonderfully sensitive, supportive and grounded man.
He is the Steadman to your Oprah.
Follow me a bit here.
I know you, visionary powerhouse, are looking for another dynamo so that you can be evenly yoked. He’s out there. And he wants to build a life with your awesomeness.
What kind of man is going to be patient with his own needs while you’re out knocking down barriers of injustice?
A spiritual partner. The “even yoke” is not material.
Being spiritually matched doesn’t mean your practical, daily needs aren’t met. In fact, they’re met easier. The right partner will challenge you to remain balanced.
Did you know Meryl Streep is married with children? Most people forget that, and that’s exactly what she wants. A beautifully fulfilling, relatively normal private life—and the right partner made that happen. Sparks may fly with other powerhouses, but who is going to tend your flames?
And really, let’s be frank: would Oprah and Steve Jobs have been compatible in a long-term relationship?
Women who lead are complemented by men who support. When we #banbossy, we can embrace love too. Help the women and girls in your circle do both.