Mothering Sunday

toddlerIt was mothering Sunday yesterday when we  thank our mums for looking after us and being there for us. Mothers are a real blessing and we are blessed if we have a good one! Being a mum is hard work, especially if you are a single mum.

Mums (and Dads) can teach us a lot and having just become a parent I’m learning I can teach my children both good things and bad things! However I wonder how many of us think being a parent can train us to be good leaders?

It didn’t make the top 10 most stressful jobs (the military got the top 2 slots in that) but it did make it to number one on the Forbes list of the toughest leadership roles: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robasghar/2014/02/25/ranking-the-9-toughest-leadership-roles

As many parents would say, it’s tough but well worth it and now I think of it, being a parent teaches you plenty of things about how to lead people and if you can persuade toddlers to teenagers to do what you want them to do, then you probably have good leadership skills. Tales of parenting triumphs may not make it on to bestseller lists but parents will know they have won a victory when their child eats that food item, cleans their teeth or simply gets dressed in the morning without too much hassle.  What we take for granted as adults, has to be worked for when you’re a parent.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a parent give a talk at a leadership conference. I’m sure some speakers are parents but that’s not the reason for being asked to speak on leadership and the talk wasn’t about parenting either.

What can we learn from our parents?