Who comes to mind when you hear this word?
Government Officials? Military Generals? Naval officers? Company Presidents? Corporate Executives? Local Pastors or maybe even Little League Coaches?
How about Stay-at-home Moms?
Do you think of a Mom when you think of Leadership?
Do you think of yourself?
Moms, you ARE all leaders in your home, and your TRIBE is watching you. Not only do you lead them daily as you help guide them through simple routines, but you are modeling for them how they are eventually to lead themselves. Yesterday I was visiting with a close friend, who has three young kids ages 5, 3, and 2. She didn’t see herself as a leader, and I told her that YES she was. She was leading those young hearts every day, and she was setting a Godly example to other moms of how to be a faithful wife, a caring friend, and a steadfast mother. Then my oldest son shared a quote he had just read by Brene Brown, in her best selling book, Daring Greatly…
“I believe a leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in others.” ~Brene Brown
Isn’t this the epitome of motherhood?
John Maxwell says that, “Everything rises and fall on leadership; the speed of the leader determines the speed of the pack.”
Recently, I was fortunate to be in the company of some amazing moms at a staff meeting for our local Classical Education program.
The director encouraged all of us to begin a personal enrichment plan in order to grow personally, academically, and spiritually. We were each challenged to identify the types of activities which recharge us and work to implement those activities weekly into our schedule. In order to grow as a leader, we need to develop ourselves in Body, Mind, and Soul. I recommend scheduling time every weekend to lay out what Stephen Covey teaches as the WEEKLY COMPASS, where instead of focusing on your to do list for the week, you first identify four different areas in your personal life that you can work to improve on, one thing at a time, followed by your 7 keys rolls each week. (More on that soon).
If mom as leader is working to improve herself on a regular basis, be it running on the treadmill, memorizing scripture, reading good books, working on a political campaign, or even taking online classes, then each of these things communicates to her children that we never “arrive” on the journey, we are always continuing to grow.
It’s called personal development. School doesn’t end at 12th grade, spiritual growth isn’t over at salvation, and health and wellness are a life style, not a passing phase.
I believe that anything worth doing, is worth doing well.
What can you do today that will recharge you? How do you weekly work on adding value to your own body, mind, and soul? Your children are watching you.
The speed of the leader determines the speed of the pack.
The hand that rocks the cradle…