There are some things you just cannot learn in business school. There are college-level courses designed to teach students how to be better leaders, and thousands of books exist on the best ways to manage employees. With all due respect to these materials, some leadership is learned through practice – and not always within the confines of an office.
The life lessons that moms learn at home, help to build their character in professional settings too. The responsibilities of child rearing, helping keep up a home and maintaining a marriage are heavy; in order to survive them all with at least a shred of sanity (and dignity), moms must operate in a constant state of determination, enthusiasm and physical endurance. All of these characteristics make moms perfect for leadership roles at work – particularly when it comes to managing others.
Here are three reasons why good bosses are often moms too:
At home, moms have an innate sense of where each child exhibits talent and where he or she needs some extra guidance. These observational skills are honed throughout years of child rearing and easily translate to the workplace. While a boss who is also a mom may not have the same amount of time or patience to devote to employees, she will point her workers toward their own true callings.
Let’s face it – there are some perks that come with being the boss. Instead of handling the menial, often tedious tasks of those beneath them, bosses are able to delegate. In fact, delegating is one of the 7 simple ways to become a better entrepreneur. Still, on occasion it helps to have the person in charge step in and lend a hand. If you have ever worked for someone that was unwilling to jump on-board when the workload called for it, you know how frustrating it can feel. Moms do not take themselves too seriously, however. If there is one thing parents learn early on it is that no task is beneath them. That humility stretches beyond the walls of the home and into the office. You can count on a mom to roll up her sleeves and help out when she is needed – an admirable trait in a workplace leader.
This point goes beyond its literal interpretation and covers many bases. In short, moms are dependable, compassionate and care about other people. A savvy boss knows the difference between a worker that is making lame excuses and one that is in dire straits. Moms understand the plights of their workers and know when to mentor. Do not confuse this for weakness however; do not forget that the other job of such a boss is to sort out fact and fiction on regular basis at home. You cannot sneak much past a mom, but if you genuinely need a listening ear, she can provide it along with other workplace guidance.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Not every mom is a good boss, and many dads or non-parents are also great leaders. The inherent role of motherhood, however, lends itself to the task of managing other people with compassion and optimism. A good handle on life at home often means a boss that leads a team well at work too – benefitting all under her management.