Mothers: the original leaders

Hot on the heels of International Women’s Day, comes another day which celebrates and honours the women of the world, in this case, more specifically, Mothers.

Yes, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday – a day dedicated to celebrating the strength, love, and guidance of mothers and to appreciate the tireless effort and sacrifices they make for their children. My mum is no longer with me sadly, but the role she played in shaping who I am, the strength and patience she showed in raising 6 girls (can you even imagine!) and the resilience she showed after contracting breast cancer, fills me with immense pride, and of course love, for this amazing woman.

But motherhood isn’t just about raising children, it’s also about developing skills and traits that make mothers some of the best leaders in the business world too.

Leadership in business isn’t just about managing people or making important decisions, it’s about developing strong relationships, inspiring trust, and fostering a culture of growth and development – traits that mothers have been cultivating for centuries, and that make them great leaders in business.

  • Empathy and Compassion: Mothers are known for their empathy and compassion for their children. They are always there to listen, comfort, and support their children through life’s ups and downs. In business, these traits are also important. A leader who truly cares for their employees is way more likely to create a positive work environment, improve morale, and develop a culture of trust and understanding.
  • Adaptability and Flexibility: Mothers need to be able to adjust to changes in their child’s life, as well as their own. In business, leaders who can adapt to changes in the market, industry, or business will use this adaptability to lead their team to success.
  • Time Management and Organisation: Mothers are experts at time management – able to juggle multiple tasks, schedules, and responsibilities at once. In business, time management and organisation are also critical skills – a leader who can manage their time effectively and stay organised will be productive, meet deadlines, and achieve their goals.
  • Perseverance and Resilience: Of course being a mother is challenging at times, but they are invariably resilient, never giving up on their children, and persevering even in the face of adversity. In business, these traits are vital for leaders, particularly business owners, to have. A leader who can overcome challenges and setbacks will inspire their team to do the same.
  • Vision and Planning: Mothers have a vision for their children’s future, and plan accordingly. They set goals and work towards them, making sure their children have the resources and support they need to succeed, whatever success looks like to them. In business, having a vision and a plan is crucial. A leader who can set clear goals and develop a strategic plan to achieve them will deliver on those goals and lead their team to continued

On this Mother’s Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate mothers everywhere, and to recognise the natural leadership qualities that they bring to the business table.

Happy Mother’s Day all!


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Marianne Page

Marianne is the author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth, whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :-)


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