Is Your Mom a Winning Well Leader?

Moms are full of wisdom, aren’t they? Many leaders credit their moms for their influence, such as:

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
~ Stevie Wonder
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
~ Abraham Lincoln
My mother said to me, “If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope. Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.”
~ Pablo Picasso

In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to take the month of May to honor moms and their words of “Winning Well” wisdom. Things like:

  • Do your homework. (Get to know your employees.)
  • Don’t be late! (Be true to your commitments.)
  • Call me when you get there. (Stay connected with your team.)
  • It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game. (Concentrate on the game, not the score.)
  • Do your best. (Your competition is mediocrity.)
  • Because I said so. (Well, not all advice is perfect.)

How about you? What wisdom did you receive from your mom that helps you win well at work (and in life?) What did your mom teach you (or model for you) about the importance of balancing confidence and humility and results and relationships?

moms adviceWe’d love to see your answers and we know it would honor your mom, too! Here’s a template to write out mom’s wisdom. Share a photo of it (even better if it’s with you and your mom!) and tag it #winningwell on whatever social media channel you want. We’ll watch for some to share on the site and our social media channels throughout the month!

Why Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders

7 Reasons Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders

No one puts mom as a job title on their resume. In fact many moms hide their mommy status when interviewing for a new job. They may even strip their resume of relevant volunteer experience that would reveal their motherhood status.

I’m in the other camp entirely. Most moms bring a maturity and level of endurance to their leadership that’s hard to gain as quickly from other leadership roles. I’ve never had a problem with a leader on my team related to her mommyness. And I’d rather work for a boss (and with peers) who have children. Turns out I’m not alone.

A study done by WorldWit found that 69% of workers would rather work for a mom than a non-mom, while only 2% preferred a non-mom.

So in the spirit of Mothers Day, I bring you 7 reasons moms make amazing leaders. Does this apply to Dads too? Of course, but it’s Mothers Day, so lean in and read on.

7 Reasons Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders

  1. It takes a lot to shock them – My mom’s favorite story is when I ate the diaper pail deodorizer. I’ve got some doozies from my own kids. Moms deal with such stupidity around the clock. So it take more than a little workplace nonsense to get them rattled.
  2. They take the long view – Moms invest deeply for the long run. They know that every move won’t be perfect, but they’re going for the long-term impact. Good moms and amazing leaders see mistakes as an opportunity to grow.
  3. Juggling is a way of life – For most moms, juggling has become an important survival skill. This translates well to prioritizing and getting a heck of a lot done.
  4. They’re resourceful – No funding? Ask a mom to figure out a way to make it happen. Moms have to get creative and make the most of what they’ve got lying around.
  5. They have to act like grown-ups – My friend says that she considers a finished book report a win if the kid is the only one crying. Moms get enough drama at home, they don’t have energy to get sucked into more of it at work.
  6. They learn to speak simply and check for understanding – Moms know that just because you ask a kid to do something, doesn’t mean they heard you. They learn to double-check to ensure the message is clear.
  7. It’s all about influenceBecause mommy said so doesn’t work. Moms learn to influence and inspire the behaviors they most want to see in their children.

Thank you moms for all you do to grow the future–and for translating those skills to your day job.

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