Navigating the Complexities of Masculinity with Maura Barclay

Navigating the Complexities of Masculinity with Maura Barclay

In this enlightening episode, Roger Moreano and Maria engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Maura Barclay, a certified change management specialist with expertise in leadership, masculinity, and privilege. Maura’s unique perspective and experiences, including her background as a bodybuilder, firefighter, and gymnast, add a fascinating layer to the discussion.

Key Takeaways:

Challenging Conversations Around Masculinity and Privilege: Maura delves into her work of facilitating challenging conversations around masculinity, particularly with male leaders who may come from a traditionally socialized idea of what it means to be a man. The trio explores the dynamics of power, hierarchy, and systemic dehumanization within social structures, emphasizing the importance of addressing toxic masculinity.

Male Policing and Bystander Paralysis: The conversation highlights the phenomenon of male policing, where men intimidate each other to maintain a culture of male domination. Maura discusses the concept of bystander paralysis, emphasizing the responsibility of individuals to interrupt destructive behaviors. 

Reframing Strength and Fear in Masculinity: Maura challenges the traditional notions of strength tied to physicality and problem-solving. The discussion focuses on reframing masculinity to allow for a broader definition that includes vulnerability and emotional expression. The fear of not conforming to societal expectations of strength is explored, along with strategies to address and reshape these perceptions.


This episode provides valuable insights into navigating conversations around masculinity, privilege, and leadership, offering a fresh perspective on dismantling toxic behaviors and fostering a more inclusive and equitable environment.

Maura Barclay:
Maura Barclay is a certified Change Management Specialist, a certified Talent Optimization Leader with Predictive Index, HRCI SPHR and a Neuro Facilitation Practitioner. She has had the privilege of bringing her thought leadership as a speaker, trainer and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, the US Military, and the International Monetary Fund among others. Prior to her current role as Director of People and Culture, she served as a consultant for nearly a decade as the CEO & Founder of Changing Greatly, a culture and talent consultancy specializing in creating psychologically safe, inclusive cultures where humans love to work

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