Leaders have much to learn from moms.
Whether you are a business owner, an employer or middle-management, you probably have a mom or two working for you. In your role, with more burning issues to deal with — deadlines, budgets, conflict resolutions, absenteeism, hiring and firing, to name a few — all you probably care about is that they show-up on time and get the job done.
But, parents in general and moms in particular are Invisible Leaders. Think about it.
Vision — Parents may not publish a mission statement, but most moms and dads have a vision for their family. This vision — the future they hope for their kids — is the driving force of their lives. It’s what keeps them going, especially when times are hard. It, if nothing else, is what brings them to work every morning. There is nothing more powerful than a parent’s dream for their kids and most dreams cost money.
Sense of belonging, inclusiveness and dealing with diversity — It doesn’t take an Einstein or a football coach to understand that a sense of belonging goes a long way. When people feel part of the team, they are willing to give it everything they’ve got. Families are the ultimate team and parents work hard at creating a sense of belonging based on trust, acceptance of and respect for the other.
Problem solving and conflict resolution — Parents are constantly juggling multiple and often diverse and even conflicting needs and desires, which need immediate attention and resolution, before all hell breaks loose. If you believe difficult employees are a challenge, just think what it takes to deal with sibling squabbling, rowdy four-year-olds running amok and a terrible two having a tantrum, while standing in line at Walmart!
Empowerment — Much of what’s worth learning in life is not taught in the classroom. It’s the soft-skills that separate the professionals from the wannabes and the successful happy adults from the miserable losers: dealing with failure, learning from mistakes, facing challenges and being accountable for one’s actions. These lessons are not scheduled nor are they delivered by coaches and trainers for a significant sum. They are taught over breakfast or on the way to school; they are taught during bath time or just before lights out by parents who care. It’s these precious moments, which give them both strength and a sense of purpose.
And the list goes on.
So, whether you are a business owner, an employer or middle-management, if you have moms and dads working for you, no matter what other burning issues you may have on your plate, it might be a good idea to have a chat. NOT just because they deserve the time and the attention, NOT because you might learn a thing or two, but because it is these moms and dads, these Invisible Leaders, who are raising the next generation of workers, who may one day come work for you!
It’s time to take control of our lives.
It’s Time 2 Lead.
It’s time to THRIVE.
Originally published at medium.com