Gylany Partnership Leadership

Gylany Partnership Leadership. Hi, I’m Steven Monahan, a prior fortune 100 executive, TEDx Organizer, and Gylany mentor.  If you haven’t heard of Gylany leadership, don’t feel odd, few people have. Gylany is new leadership for a new world. Introduced by system scientist and cultural historian Riana Eisler in her groundbreaking classic The Chalice and the Blade. 

Personally, I describe Gylany as a partnership societal system. It is an alternative societal system to today’s dominator patriarchal system; which is today predicated on: one half of humanity, male, over the other half of humanity, female. Gylany is a societal system instead based on the principle of equal male & female partnership, rather than today’s male-dominated hierarchal non-partnership system.

I would visually depict Gylany Partnership-Leadership to the modern battery energy power of a Tesla to the old rusted industrial era of fossil fuel leadership.

Steven Monahan

One can liken Gylany to the ancient partnership system of the Tao Te Ching, to be in accord with the partnership model of Gylany, versus today’s leadership style of Dominator Leadership, as I have depicted in the caricature above.

The Tao Te Ching philosophy was practiced in an era of humanity [2,800] years ago when the societal ruling system was in balance’ Yin, female, and Yang, male. The Tao, or the Way, is the approach in accord with the balance of life like the natural flow of Nature. The basic teachings of the Taoists are to enable people to realize that, since human life is really only a small part of a larger process of nature, the society which creates peace and harmony is a society in harmony with, not against nature.

Gylany like Taoism teaches us that when there is harmony between both halves of humanity, male and female, animal and human, nature and society will live in harmony.

Gylany, is a modern take and philosophy of partnership and unity, respecting and uniting opposites represents the two balancing tensions of primal opposite forces of the universe: light and dark, male and female,


Riana Eisler

What is Gylany? “One result of re-examining human society from a gender-holistic perspective has been a new theory of cultural evolution. This theory, which I have called Cultural Transformation theory, proposes that underlying the great surface diversity of human culture are two basic models of society.”

            “The first, which I call the dominator model, is what has popularly been termed either patriarchy or matriarchy—the ranking of one half of humanity over the other. The second, in which social relations are primarily based on the principle of linking, rather than ranking, can best be described as Gylany, the partnership model.

In this Partnership, or Gylany, or Tao model the most fundamental difference in our species, between male and female—diversity is not equated with either inferiority or superiority.”

            Eisler goes on to describe these contrasting models: “For a more precise term than patriarchy to describe a social system ruled by force or the threat of force by men, I propose the term androcracy. Already in some use, the term derives from the Greek root words Andros, or “man,” and Kratos (as in democratic), or “ruled.”

            “To describe the real alternative to a system based on the ranking of half of humanity over the other, I propose the new term gylany. Gylany is gi-lan-ee. The is hard, as in gift. Gy derives from the Greek root word gyne, or ‘woman.’ And the “An” derives from Andros or ‘man.’ The letter ” l ” between the two has a double meaning. In English, it stands for the linking of both halves of humanity,

In Greek, it derives from the verb lyein or lyo, which in turn has a double meaning: to solve or resolve (as in analysis) and to dissolve or set free (as in catalysis). In this sense, the letter stands for the resolution of our problems through the freeing of both halves of humanity from the stultifying and distorting rigidity of roles imposed by the domination hierarchies inherent in androcratic systems.”

Gylany Partnership Leadership

            “For above all, this gylanic world will be a world where the minds of children—both girls and boys—will no longer be fettered. It will be a world where limitation and fear will no longer be systematically taught us through myths about how inevitably evil and perverse we humans are. In this world, children will not be taught epics about men who are honored for being violent or fairy tales about children who are lost in frightful woods where women are malevolent witches.


To understand Gylany from a GDP impact, read our article

 Partnerism Movement Creating a new measurement of wealth NEO GDP

I would visually depict Gylany Partnership Leadership to the modern battery energy power of a Tesla to the old rusted industrial era of fossil fuel leadership.

Steven Monahan is a former fortune 100 executive, and licensee Organizer of TEDx Dupree Park and TEDx Arlington Park, Atlanta Georgia. Animal welfare activist, Executive Director of the non-profit 501c3 organizations, Green Pets Charities and Gylany.org.

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