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. Moms have a lot going for them that makes them amazing leaders.
Most moms bring maturity and a 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.
7 Reasons Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders
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 here we go.
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 takes 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. And in all that juggling, good moms learn to keep perspective on what matters most.
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 the 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 influence
Because 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 (and dads) for all you do to grow the future–and for translating those skills to your day job.