*NOTE: This article is not an endorsement for or against any political candidate running for President of the United States. This is not about specific politics, platforms or agendas. It is my observation of what the current election represents for the world from a much higher vantage point.

As I write this, the United States is approaching the end of a very controversial election cycle to determine who will be our next President. I consider myself to be very open-minded and listen to both sides of an issue, whether it’s in politics or any other area of life, which is what forms the basis of my vision in this article. As I’ve moved along my journey of awakening and self-growth over the past several years, I’ve had an awareness that I now see being played out in our current election. Bear with me through a bit of history for perspective.

Dictionary definition of word matriarchFor thousands of years, the world lived under a matriarchal society where women were the center of society. They were revered, respected, and valued.

Somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, the world shifted to a patriarchal society where men held the power. During that time, the world entered into eras of growth such as the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution.

Breaking Barriers

In 1922, women were granted the right to vote in the United States. During World War II, many American women went to work in the factories to keep them running while the men were off fighting in the War. After men returned from the War, many of those women continued working while many others focused on marriage and children.

The 1960’s saw the emergence of the modern day feminist movement and women began to break barriers. As a result, millions of women have been afforded many opportunities in life that women before then only dreamed of.

To be successful in the male-dominated business world, women took on the male model of success, including  masculine qualities and traits such as doing, striving, goal setting, and competition. Women didn’t want to be seen as weak, docile, powerless, emotional, or fragile so feminine qualities were devalued. . As women shifted to living in more of their masculine energy, their feminine energy was set aside and forgotten.
Blonde Business WomanThe Shift

Today we are seeing a shift back to more of a feminine-centered society. Not in the way it was thousands of years ago, because our world has changed substantially. In order for us to come to this place in time, women had to gain the right to vote and then take a place in leadership positions in the workforce and in government that we’ve witnessed over the past 50 years.

However, the old model of the feminist movement is outdated. We are entering into a new period in history where the feminine is once again valued, respected and sought after. Qualities such as creating, receiving, opening, being, and collaboration, while still being powerful. In working with women in leadership positions, I know this is something that women crave.

2016 Presidential Election

Hillary Clinton is the current Democratic nominee for President of the United States. Mrs. Clinton is a clear example of the feminist movement of the 1960’s. She helped forge that path. And she is a prime example of a woman who has become successful by embodying the masculine qualities I mentioned above. She is also deeply entrenched in the old political structure, which is why so many people do not relate to her. Despite the fact that she’s a woman, she is part of the Washington, D.C. establishment that people no longer trust. Whether she wins or not, I believe she is meant to be a bridge between the old patriarchal society the world has lived under, and the new feminine paradigm the world is shifting toward.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump is the nominee. He is a businessman who personifies the masculine paradigm the world is shifting away from. He is the political outsider who many resonate with because people are tired of “politics as usual.” He is shining the light on the dark underbelly of American politics. Now that the light has been shone on these things, they cannot be unseen. Whether or not Mr. Trump wins, the political system – and leadership as a whole – has been shaken up in ways no one can yet imagine.

A New Leadership Paradigm

The world always shifts and changes. It cannot continue the way it’s been, which is why we’re seeing so much chaos and turmoil throughout the world. The world is going to change simply based on these two nominees. The fact that they are the nominees has changed the course of history – and the world. The transition might be bumpy, but paradigm change is never smooth. It is, however, necessary for the world to shift, awaken, and evolve to the next level.

This shift is going to require strong feminine visionaries, combining the feminine qualities I described above with the masculine qualities that have brought us so much success. The women who are able to do this will lead the way into this new era. We have the opportunity to rise above the uncertainty and rhetoric and be the leaders the world needs right now.

We are entering a new evolution in history and a new leadership model – the new Feminine Leadership Paradigm.

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences around this. (Please let’s keep the discussion to the topic in my article and not to anything related to the candidates directly.)