Being a Mother has been the most rewarding, challenging, adventurous, and fulfilling role in my life. Being a Mom has stretched me, grown me, and taught me so much about life and leadership. I wouldn’t be the leader I am today, had I not gone through the boot camp of motherhood.
I have two adult daughters now and two amazing sons (in-laws) and three of the most adorable grandchildren on the planet (I will be glad to share pictures and stories!).
Here are a few ways that being a mom has made me a better leader.
Being a mom I have learned to:
- Let go of perfect.
- Die to self.
- Go the distance.
- Be all in.
- Communication means modeling, listening, watching, and sharing so others understand.
- Take emotions for what they are, they are not right or wrong.
- Realize problems are just opportunities to grow.
- Appreciate laughter as a wonderful gift.
- Recognize that every person has a different set of gifts and passions.
- Nurture a passion for books and learning.
- Operate from the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control found in Galatians 5:22) daily.
- Not miss the important moments.
- Recognize that stories matter.
- To fight, protect, guard, and defend those things that are important to you.
- Not miss the opportunity of now. The future is not that far away.
- Forgive quickly and often. Give it, ask for it, and receive it.
- Not to give up, no matter how hard it gets.
- Not to miss the major stuff. Some things you don’t get a second chance.
- To celebrate is essential.
- Keep the end in mind always.
“Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle. Her sons rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her.” Proverbs 31: 26-28
What are some leadership lessons you have learned from your Mom or from being a mother?