THE LANGUAGE OF LEADERSHIP - M
The Language of Leadership
Today we explore the letter - M. M stands for being a Mum - it’s a different style of leadership.
I became a Mum 14 years ago today. I had been a Step-Mum for a few years (and still am) and becoming a Mum presented a new type of leadership. We learnt very quickly that children watch and listen to everything you do and say. We started an experiment 14 years ago and choose specifically the words we would use and not use in front of our children e.g. not to swear, raise our voice or have a fight.
This experiment has paid off and our kids never swear, they are calm and know how to communicate. Parenting is a choice, and I chose to be a mother who was going to be a positive, confident and proactive role-model.
The key M words I identified are:
What about you? What M words show up for you when you think of, speak about and practise leadership?
So let me tell you about these words I use:
Movement – great leadership creates a movement, a cause is followed and people want to be part of it and what it stands for
Motivation – knowing what motivates you and your people is the key to leading relationships
Mastery – learning, improving, changing, experimenting and attempting to master our leadership
Mindfulness – its what cuts through the complexity of personality, projects and processes – learn to breath and be in the moment
Memory – listen intently with no distraction and you should be able to remember what is said, who said it, what their name is and if and what action is required
I will enjoy being a Mum for the remainder of today. It’s life’s greatest gift and I need to ensure that I help my kids be the future leaders of tomorrow.
We’re almost half way through the leadership alphabet. You can catch up on A-L on my website – check out my Thoughts page.
And, I need your help to hear and learn your perspective as it helps me broaden my understanding of leadership.