Being the best mom you can be is also about raising a future generation of leaders. However, moms, don’t freak out and be too hard on yourselves. Always remember that you are only human and that you are doing the best you possibly can. Here are 6 skills you as a mother need to help raise future leaders:
- Critical thinking skills – this skill is probably the most important. If you have critical thinking skills, you will teach your kids not only how to identify the core of the problem but also how to solve problems creatively and efficiently. Make your kids think about a scenario. Don’t give the solution straight away; ask them how they would solve the issue. Put the ball in their court.
- Leadership skills – you need to lead by example. That old saying “monkey see, monkey do” has a ground level of truth to it. Our little ones see how we act, talk and handle situations and they mimic us. If you have developed your leadership skills and gain your children’s trust and respect and live by it, you will raise your children to be leaders.
- Communication skills – being able to listen before you talk creates a feeling amongst your child that he/she is important and that you care about their emotions. Active listening skills take practice, but once mastered, can perform miracles. Teach your kids this from an early age. It is an extremely good habit and vital skill that they need to become great leaders.
- Emotional Intelligence – by having empathy with your kids, you teach them that emotions of others matter. You teach them to have compassion and walk in other people’s shoes so that you understand others and their emotional well-being.
- Mentoring and constant coaching - show your kids that it’s ok to ask for help. That you as a mom also have a support structure. They must know that we all learn from each other. Motivate positive influences from mentors like athletes or someone they can relate to. Help them to aspire into the great leaders you know they can be.
- Goal orientated and motivated - ever notice that if the mom is depressed or feeling down that day, the family feels down. Moms should have self-motivation skills to achieve their mission and goals each day. You think kids don’t see this, but they do. Teach your children to complete tasks. Motivate them to be self-motivators.
If you lie awake at night wondering if you are a good mother, the answer is YES. The fact that you worry about that shows that you are and that you care what type of person your child will turn out to be.
Every child, family, situation, and mom is different. Your children should trust and respect you. They should also see this from the dad side. These are core leadership characteristics you as a mom need to instill in the relationship between you and your child so that you can teach them teamwork, accountability and grow their own skill set. You are the top ranking official in your home and a great leader in the eyes of your family.
To all the mothers out there, keep on fighting the good fight. Raise our future leaders to be great and to leave a positive legacy one day.