What Does Your Mommy Do?
I have never had one of those jobs they sing about on Sesame Street.
As with most of us, the roles I have assumed over the years are hard to explain.
But if you ask my kids what I do, they have a short answer, “my mom is a leader.”
Probe further, and you’ll get more:
- “She asks a lot of questions”
- “She helps people figure things out”
- “She teaches people stuff”
- “She has a team”
- “She tries to make work more fun”
They know because they live it.
Some would argue it’s because I have no work-life balance, and by some definitions, I suppose that’s true.
On the other hand…
My kids have learned about leadership by…
- traveling with me
- working booths at special events
- sitting on my lap while I took on-line leadership trainings (they got the answers right)
- watching me manage late night and weekend crises
- overhearing countless calls
- hearing me make tough choices
- helping me host dinners for my team
- seeing what makes me angry
- watching how I handled stress (not always well)
- sharing in my victories
- processing the stories
- partnering with me in volunteer work
My experience has been that kids…
- want to understand what you really do
- are interested in how you make decisions
- are capable of learning a great deal about leadership
- can apply those skills in their own situations
- want to talk about leadership