Mothers make decisions related to health, education, socialization, enrichment and character development to help families realize their full potential. Some decisions cause anxiety. What if swim practice was too strenuous? What if the new school isn’t ideal? Some decisions are rudimentary, like managing schedules and bedtime routines.
Whether high or low risk, parenting decisions never end. Reflecting on my time in the workforce, I see parallels between management and motherhood. Good managers motivate teams, execute business plans, process feedback, put out fires and support company vision. Likewise, good mothers understand their children's needs, implement a structure for family life, evaluate decisions, problem solve and invariably move forward to promote growth.
I think it's worth connecting the dots. If leadership involves the ability to make decisions, then the perpetual decisions of motherhood are building a network of leadership experts. Mothers deserve to feel confidence for time spent raising families, especially while using skills that help drive success in business and management.
While some decisions are riskier than others, all decisions strive to make progress. While parenting, I've never witnessed a mother give up. They move forward relentlessly until well-being is achieved.
What makes a good manager? Is what makes a good manager similar to what makes a good mother? Here are five skills mothers use to manage each day:
Ready for the workplace? You’ve earned it.
At your next interview, be prepared for the question about qualifications. Then, look the interviewer straight in the eye and say, "Yes, my experience in leadership and critical decision making would make me an ideal candidate for this position. Let me tell you why..."
Congratulations, mothers, on all of your next steps.
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