If you ask my mom if she’s a leader, she’ll say “no.” And then, everyone who knows her will just shake their heads and laugh. People follow leaders toward a vision. Leaders serve. Leaders grow leaders. My mom’s a leader. She’s grown a nice crop.
Moms Growing Leaders
Some moms hold formal leadership roles. Others do not. Either way, don’t underestimate the impact. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asking successful leaders what their moms taught them about leadership. Some great insights shared below.
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, take a minute to reflect. What did your mom teach you about leadership? Share in the comments… more importantly, if you still can, tell your mom. Don’t assume she understands the impact.
What Moms Taught Us
“My mother taught me about creativity and passion for what you do. My grandmother taught me perseverance and hard work while always finding the joy (and a smile) in the moment. My great aunt taught me to respect the wisdom and the work of those who came before who put you in the position you are. My great great grandmother taught me that anything is possible when you put your mind to it, no matter what the circumstances. A long way to say – I have had great teachers.” -Kahina Van Dyke, Global Women’s Executive Leadership Council
Your Moms Themes
Lead with Love
- “Mom my always gave us kids a lot of hugs and kisses and told us all the time how much she loved us”
- “Integrity and ownership!!! Good, Bad, or Indifferent, you speak the truth and own your situation.”
- “Always do what is right even if it seems to be the hardest thing at the time.”
- “She mentored her children to reach and achieve.”
- “Never lose hope.”
- “There’s always a way.”
- “Sometimes great things happen, sometimes bad things happen…in either case, you must persevere & not spend too much time congratulating yourself or fretting…”
Facing Your Fears
- “My mom taught me, most of all, unbeknownst to her, that being vulnerable is part of who you are. You can be a hard worker, dedicated and passionate, confidant and experienced, but you can still be vulnerable in so many ways. I am learning to be able to embrace that.”
- “I have optic nerve damage. My mother, Audrey, taught me never to be ashamed of a disability. She taught me self-advocacy… She taught me to never use my vision (or lack thereof) as an excuse. She never treated me as “disabled”. When she died at 44 of pancreatic cancer, she taught me how to fight like hell against the odds and how to accept defeat gracefully.”
- “Suck it up and be a young lady instead of a whinny baby…That stuck with me all my life and made me strong and determined to make things better”
- “Never fight about money. If that’s what it’s about and it’s going to be messy, walk away.”
- “Delegate responsibility”
- “Practice makes perfect“
- “Give the respect and get the respect from other”
- “Relax, a good night sleep solves all standing problems”
- “Focus on the highest priority first.”
Lead Through Action
- “Actions can be the most powerful leadership tools and that it’s not just about saying the right things – it’s about walking the talk and implementing.”
- “Mom,Thank you for using all your domestic appliances like broom,sandals, roti makers etc to harp on your points to win over against mine.Thank you Mom! That’s why I am what I am today!”
- “Be present and engaged.”
Your turn… what did your mom teach you about leadership? What are you teaching your children about leadership?
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