Why is leadership still associated with masculinity?

Let’s face it: it’s around and it’s thriving. And, if I ask you for (in your opinion) the top five greatest leaders you know from the top of your head, how many of them will be girls? Case made. Moving forward. I know Donald Trump isn’t the best example I can use to defend myself in this one, trust me I am fully aware, however he is still the president of the United States so I will use him. It’s pretty much common knowledge that Trump is quite the verbal fella, especially when it comes to tearing someone down in the worst way, i.e. when speaking about Carly Fiorina he said, “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Yeah, I know, I don’t think there’s much else I can say about that one.

Maybe I am being naive about the whole topic, maybe it’s just because male leaders have been deeply, and I mean deeply, ingrained into our society from the start of time. Maybe female leaders are on the rise but just at a pace where my surrounding peers and I can’t really tell.

Or, most likely of all, maybe the stereotypical masculine traits are more desirable in leaders.

So let me switch the language. Women ultimately are deemed more kind and trustworthy in contrast to their male counterparts; but, I don’t think that’s what people desire in leaders, the numbers obviously have to come from somewhere, right? Leaders have to be firm and cold hearted, if need be, especially in the business world when they have to lay hundreds if not thousands of people off at one time. Leaders have to be affirmative and never wishy-washy when trying to come to a decision; ladies, we all know this doesn’t apply to us. And among other things, kindness is disposable and at the end of the day doesn’t get things done. Frankly, most men don’t have that feminine quality as much as I hate to say it.

With all of that said, there is good reason on why masculinity is still associated with leadership to date and I can’t necessarily blame our system (excluding Trump . . . he doesn’t count).

p.s. no this doesn’t mean I’m not a feminist