I can only imagine what it was like in many corporate offices post the tragedy of Charleston on the Thursday that followed such a devastating event. I can remember many times when I was in a corporate environment not wanting to go into work because of national events that happened revolving around race.
What if, instead of conversation about Caitlyn Jenner in your company's breakroom, there she sat, drinking her coffee and munching on a bagel? What then? How would your company handle it? Would people praise her bravery, or, at the very least, adopt a live-and-let-live attitude? Would they welcome her, ostracize her or vote with their feet by leaving the company?
If one business leader is more presidential than several of the candidates currently running for president in 2016, it is Warren Buffett. The financial guru, philanthropist and billionaire is more than just the most successful investor of the 20th century. He embodies the traits and leadership skills that make a great president.
We can take a page from the men's playbook and embrace being more masculine instead of complaining about how it's not fair. If men can "woman" up in the house in growing numbers, then women can certainly "man" up in the workplace at a faster pace. We would love to see women win this race to the finish line that is true "balance."
I have spent many years working with, observing, teaching and coaching leaders. I have also heard many stories from employees about leaders they have loved to work for and those they have not enjoyed as much. There are some key themes that I have observed in leaders who are highly effective and get the best from people they work with.