One of the great points of discussion during our “Evolution of Dad” panel discussion a few weeks ago came when a tech CEO in the audience stood up and talked about his role as the leader of a growing organization and a father of a baby girl. He recognized that fatherhood had changed his perspective, both as a man and as a leader.
Several members of the panel (including me) took the opportunity to talk to this CEO about the great opportunity that he has as a leader of an organization to demonstrate the importance he puts on his role as a father to the people that work for him. What would it mean to the other parents in his organization if he openly displayed the fact that he was taking a couple hours off on a Friday morning to take his daughter to the park to to take her to a doctors appointment.
As the Evolution of Dad documentary, many studies, and several recent articles have made clear, Dads are really struggling to find a way to be both the employees they want to be and the fathers they want to be.
Check out Evolution of Dad director, Dana Glazer’s take on what father/CEOs could and should be doing to elevate the role of fatherhood within organizations in his Huffington Post article, Memo to CEOs: Show Some Balls