It’s that time of year again….time to celebrate those who chose to give us life and if you were fortunate, guided you through the toughest challenges that arose during your matriculation through it. But as an entrepreneur/CEO and once again, a single mom, I see a much bigger picture that applies to my daily life and reaches further than just family. Really think about it: we’ve all met a CEO, if you’ve shared space with your mother. I understand there are single dads who are equally qualified for this title, but you have a day coming. 🙂 Right now, my focus is on paying homage to those outstanding ladies who truly understand selfless servitude.
- Great moms treat motherhood like a business. (It’s a Business, NOT a Hustle…one of my speaker topics & a throwback to my first blog in 2005). The most determined and focused mothers operate skillfully throughout the day by prioritizing and managing their duties. In her article Mom CEO…Alicia Brown writes: Your employees (kids!) must be trained, motivated, and compensated (though usually not with money). You must wisely handle the finances of the entire operation. Everyone’s got to be able to communicate to each other. Family meetings with kids bouncing off the couch aren’t quite as formal as a boardroom of CEOs in suits, but it’s still a meeting and it must communicate information to everyone. *I’m pretty certain the training & communication would include the husband or significant other as well.*
- Understand the importance of delegating. Let’s face it, we absolutely can’t do it all, and if we try, we’re no good to anyone else . I’m always reminded of my sisterfriend and fellow mompreneur, Robin May mentioning “oxygen therapy”; each time we board a plane, we’re constantly reminded to place the mask on ourselves first, prior to placing it on our children. But the natural instinct is to take care of everyone else prior to ourselves. We remedy this challenge and allow our focus to be on our craft by delegating tasks that are easily taught and managed by our team members.
- Inspire, Release & Empower. I was pretty spoiled coming up when it came to doing chores. My mother wasn’t really as stern on us about getting things done as she could have been, but having sons changed that mindset for me. As a single parent, I realize that I’m not a father, but in order to lead my sons into manhood, I not only had to reach out for assistance from strong gentlemen, I also had to learn how to edify, inspire, encourage and release them to manage duties on their own. I wish for them to be JOYous, productive citizens, who are able to comfortably stand on their own with little to no direction. The same principles applies to business. When you engage your team by acknowledging their strengths and empowering them walk in that, you are releasing them into a freedom that can only produce positive ROI.
- Leaders, not just managers. As much as mothers are able to empower and release us to tasks, they are great with teaching us first, as opposed to simply delegating minus instruction. They are willing to guide our every steps in compassion and love, even when we err. They understand the different moments when their needed as a helper, and when they need to allow you to shine in your moment of excellence.
- Forgiving, but stern. I call it “the momma look”; it was what my mother would give me when I misbehaved, and I instantly knew that she was not playing around! However, in the same way that she could be the disciplinarian, she allowed me to mess up, corrected me, and pulled me back up, dusting me off and telling me to press forward. That, is inspiration.
- Greater works you will do. The good book teaches us that as great leaders, we should not be satisfied with a team of conformists, cheerleaders or mediocre talent. We should always be motivated to optimal performance, and pass that along to our team–even if that means they outshine our work. We do not build legacy upon our own touted accolades, but upon the foundation of those we taught to not be the same, but better and greater than we are.
Cheers to CEOs and moms globally…be CONFIDENT; be UNIQUE; and in all things, BOLDLY choose JOY!