As one coaches for longer and longer, what one begins to focus on more and more is the learning process and how people learn.
And people can focus on the different genders as a difference in the learning process, which I’m sure there is a minor difference, though after 30 odd years of coaching both men and women, and boys and girls, the gender difference is the least of the equation in the learning process.
When I’m looking at the teams I now take, from the experience I’ve learnt over the years of the learning process, gender isn’t as big as a part of the learning process, what I am looking for is:
Are they a Learner & Improver or a Needy Person?
Do they have an open mind or a closed mind?
Do they have a growth mindset or a fixed mindset?
What Archetypes do they lean towards and display?
Do they meet or resist inner and outer expectations?
And as mentioned, gender is the least of my worries when it comes to the learning process, though females will tend to question more and work on emotions, whereas males will tend to do what is put in front of them and be more logical, because over the years I have found that:
Some of my best learners have been male and female, and some of the worst learners have also been both male and female, and the most disruptive elements to the learning process have also been both male and female.
In the development of a learning environment and enabling the learning process, 4 main responses I’m looking at in my interacting with people are, do they require:
And depending on the circumstance will depend on the response given, because when it comes to the learning process:
If someone wants to learn, they’ll learn, if someone wants to be disruptive, they’ll be disruptive, and whether they’re male or female, it doesn’t make too much difference