The backstops on the field of home runs.
The ones who see their women very differently.
Who respect their ambition,
Their dreams and their skills
And fuel their insane and innate drive
To just go for it!
To the many who may think these men soft, or weak, or submissive
While they take a backseat and play Mr Mom
Or champion a woman toward leadership
Or allow their women to bring home the bacon – and the eggs and the bread!!
To the ones who think men are emasculated when they show that feminine energy
Or berate a woman when she steps into her masculine energy
By mixing it with the boys!
Getting things done!
Giving her opinion!
I say, ‘you don’t know what you’re missing!’
To the men who make it possible for women like me
To make a change
To use our voice
To show emotion
Who simply listen and don’t try to fix
Yet provide a safe place to fall into when it gets too hard!
Who lend a strong and stable hand to help us
Come back stronger and fiercer
To make the world a better, brighter and more brilliant place!
It’s actually you who change the world!
Because it’s you who realise the world needs more women
Doing even greater things!
‘Here’s to the real men the world wants… Not more boys who pretend to be men!’
This post was inspired by my father, my husband and my son.
Each have been behind me, in front of me and beside me in different capacities at every step of my life and career, and that of my daughter, as well – proof that us women need you guys to be nimble and move with us even when we don’t know where we’re going.
To those ‘Mr Mom’s’ I personally know, who have stayed home for decades swapping the stereotypical breadwinner roles, encouraging and providing the option for their women to become leading executives in big banks or running successful businesses or simply chasing their dreams.
The economy needs men like you!
To the ‘Harry’s’ of the world who are able to lose their attachment to the establishment, whatever that establishment represents, who are prepared to make a controversial stand to provide and protect and ensure a more fairer world for those they love and respect.
The world needs men like you who see equality for what it really is!
To the ‘Champions’ of the me-too movement, domestic violence, the pay gap and gender diversity.
Our society needs men like you who do more than talk the talk, who walk the talk.
Our future needs more men.
Be Bold, Brave and Brilliant
Bernadette McClelland is a Keynote Speaker whose message for businesses, sales teams and associations is based on mastering 'absolute certainty in an environment of absolute uncertainty'.
Her signature keynote 'ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY - FINDING YOUR BRAVE' is ideal for those environments looking for fearless leadership, shorter sales cycles and higher performance.
Her business, 3 Red Folders is a sales force development company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia designed to create sales centric cultures through sales strategy, process and psychology.
She is an award winning speaker, coach and author having proudly coached Harvard MBA students on their sales enablement curriculum, been the Master Asia Pacific coach for Anthony Robbins across twelve countries, authored five books on leadership and sales transformation, won a coveted Telstra award for Business Excellence, recognised as one of the Top 35 Most Influential Women In Sales globally and continually shares her ideas around behaviour, the brain and business growth on stages in the UK, Europe, Thailand, India, NZ, Australia and North America.