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.

P.S. A free subscription to Let’s Grow Leaders makes a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for you or your mom. Enter your email address to join the LGL community.

Christmas In July: How To Make Everyday Magic

It was a sweltering July day, the heat wave had been going on for weeks. We only had a window air conditioner in one room in the house. It was starting to feel crowded. My mom had used up her usual tricks to stay cool the library, the movies, peppermint stick ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. And then on the 25th of July, we woke up to Christmas carols blaring throughout the house, and the smell of French Toast and bacon. “No swimming lessons today girls, it’s Christmas in July.”

We ran downstairs and sure enough our kitchen table was covered in paper snowflakes and a small pile of fun little gifts. We forgot about the heat. What a morning what a mom.

Finding Christmas in July

Leaders create extraordinary. Magic moments require effort, not money. All told, I bet that “Christmas” cost less than $30, and yet it stands out more than the real deal.

Create leadership magic through:

  • Creativity
  • Absurdity
  • Surprise
  • Effort
  • Silly
  • Caring
  • Just-in-time support

Moms Growing Leaders: A Mother's Day Tribute

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”
  • “Care”

Integrity

  • “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.”

Perceive

  • “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”

Practical Advice

  • “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.”

Need a Mother’s Day gift? How about a free subscription to Let’s Grow Leaders 😉
Your turn: what did your mom teach you about leadership?

Moms Growing Leaders: A Mother’s Day Tribute

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”
  • “Care”

Integrity

  • “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.”

Perceive

  • “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”

Practical Advice

  • “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.”

Need a Mother’s Day gift? How about a free subscription to Let’s Grow Leaders 😉
Your turn: what did your mom teach you about leadership?