Parenting – The Mother Of All Leadership Skills
When thinking of the top skills for business leadership, motherhood may not automatically spring to mind – and that might just be where a lot of companies are going wrong. There’s a huge crossover evident in the list of skills required for a good business leader and, those needed to be a great parent. Not convinced? Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which motherhood skills can be transferred from baby room to boardroom:
By design, moms are used to managing the demands and needs of a range of different people on a daily basis, indoors and outdoors. From making sure that homework is done on time to remembering to cut the crusts off the PJ and jelly, a mother’s people skills are second to none when it comes to managing a diverse and occasionally difficult team.
You simply have not seen negotiation skills in action until you’ve seen a mother conducting high level talks regarding the right age for a child to have his or her ears pierced.
Motherhood involves the ability to hear and understand each facet of a topic whilst retaining the final say.
If you have more than one child, you’ll be no stranger to this one. As children grow and assert their personalities, everything from territory to screen time comes under fire. A mother’s ability to expertly solve conflict amongst children and, the household in general, is a hugely transferable skill in the business world.
In the business world, a project often involves different members of staff performing different tasks simultaneously to a chosen deadline.
No problem – CEO Mom has your back!
Nobody is better placed to co-ordinate a team than the superwoman who manages to get two or three people out of the door each morning – all with the correct lunch, science project or briefcase. The very nature of motherhood involves exquisite organisation and co-ordination skills which are an asset in any business leader.
Often short on time, moms learn to become adept at communicating important information and tasks quickly and concisely. Whether it’s teaching a child how to recite the alphabet or an instruction to take the trash out, clear and plain communication is pretty much a default setting. This will very often prove refreshing in the business world where buzzwords and long-winded explanations are the norm.
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