‘Untold horrors’ of boardroom women

2017-08-10 06:03
PHOTO: FACEBOOKLocal talk show host, businesswoman and life coach, Tessa Green.

PHOTO: FACEBOOKLocal talk show host, businesswoman and life coach, Tessa Green.

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FOR centuries women have assumed the domestic role of mother, wife and only sometimes subsidiary working women in the background as the men went to work and brought back the bacon.

However, it is 2017 and women are CEOs, pilots, captains of police forces and leaders of government. As the country observes Women’s Month this month businesswoman and talk-show host Tessa Green shares her experiences in this new transition from as she puts it “The Bedroom to the Boardroom”.

When women assume the role of the financial head in the household the family unit, which they historically have single handedly been “heading” often suffers, said Green.

“Because the boardroom role is very much linked to financial survival and professional and personal growth, the bedroom role often takes a back seat.

“The pressures of this dynamic has caused untold horrors and has had devastating effects on relationships and the children within homes and families.”

She said due to this dynamic shift women find themselves constantly having to negotiate their roles in an endless struggle between nurture and nature.

“When making decisions at work and handling difficult situations we have a natural tendency to deal with this with our hearts and tend to be more sympathetic or gentler in our decision-making.

“Should we choose otherwise we are labelled as being heartless, cruel, icy or downright evil. With males, they make decisions and handle situations using facts. When they react cold and calculatingly without sympathy they are labelled good leaders, strong decisions-makers and tough,” said Green.

The success of women in both these roles therefore requires a mindset adjustment in the family unit as well as the broader society, she said.

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