Leadership doesn’t require a fancy title or company of 1000 people or more hanging off your every word. Leadership can be someone using their voice and their platform, whatever that may be, to call out bad behaviour. Leadership is a male voice condemning sexual harassment and lack of female empowerment.
Watching my weekly indulgence of Sunday Sunrise recently to catch up on all the latest gossip and movie reviews something happened, which I was not expecting. On being introduced with the usual movie synopsis and light-hearted welcome to review the movie Bombshell Jason “Jabba” Davis’s response was anything but light. Bombshell tells the story of the women who bought down Fox News head Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
“Is this in all honesty, is this a laughing matter?” Jabba asked as the tone of all three presenters became serious with host Monica replying “No”.
During the review of Bombshell, Jabba continues to express his disappointment with the portrayal of such serious issues.
“The epidemic of abhorrent behaviour by disgraceful men absolutely repulses me, so to go for the laughs in this film didn’t work for me,” he says.
Jabba’s is the kind of leadership we need to see in boardrooms across the world. Until we have men being part of the solution and voice for change, we will not put an end to sexual harassment of not only women but men as well. We need men to champion women and cultural diversity in the workplace.
Unfortunately, it is often not the leaders of the board that are championing these initiatives but an HR manager meeting compliance. The HR manager is quite frankly either bashing their head against the wall or needing to tread the fine line between keeping their job and championing change.
It takes courage not to stand by, to upset the status quo and use your voice. With white males still forming the largest voice in leadership worldwide, it is time they became part of the conversation. During the past few months I’ve been working with people using their voice to champion change in leadership.
These leaders believe, as Former American President Barak Obama, that one voice can impact change. We can all learn from such leaders with mentoring by anyone of them priceless. As co-editor of The Leadership Review it has been my very great privilege each week to gain insights into how these leaders actively work to create positive change in their organisations.
You don’t need to be in a boardroom to use your voice. Long before you get to that position as a white male, you are part of the loudest voice. Your actions, the decisions you make, and how you educate yourself begin to shift the leadership of the future both at home and in the workplace.
Look to someone most would not consider a leader in an ordinary sense. Jabba, as channel seven’s movie critic, has the ear of millions and he’s leading from the platform provided to him.