- Wise Words -
The perfect compliment to an M.B.A
by alexis hochleutner
There’s a lot of content out there on how to be effective, how to be a leader. Even how to succeed. It is rare to find content that emphasizes the real value that experience of a mother (or father!) adds to a business.
As a working mom trying to “have it all”, I often feel a sense of guilt. Am I working too hard that I’m missing important milestones in my kids childhood? Am I spending too much time with my kids and not enough time focusing on career building?
My belief is that it's time to start seeing that actual parenting experience is both career building and a benefit to a business. In this column, I want to discuss some of the things I have learned and the skills I have honed as a mother of 3 that have helped me in the workplace.
A mom is a good leader because:
So, these are the skills that I bring to my work that my children have helped me hone. The characteristics listed above are just some of the experiences parents have that help them to be better leaders.
I hope by addressing the leadership skills parents develop, we can make room for diverse leadership styles in the workplace, and in doing this see greater returns and a more inclusive, better experience for all employees.
P.S - I would like to thank my team, Olivia, (9) Henry, (6) and Reese (2) for their support and powerful workplace training.