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Leaning In with Mom Power: How to Leverage Maternal Strengths as a Leader

Mothers have a remarkable ability to multitask, empathize, and adapt - invaluable skills in the workplace. However, balancing motherhood and a leadership career comes with unique challenges. This article will provide 5 specific actions mothers can take to integrate their personal and professional lives and excel as leaders.

Tip #1: Embrace the Strengths of Motherhood

Being a working mother develops key leadership skills like crisis management, resilience, and compassion. Don't be afraid to highlight these abilities gained through parenting. Challenge stereotypes and own your talents.


  • Make a list of your proven leadership skills learned through motherhood to reference when job hunting or asking for a promotion.

Tip #2: Set Boundaries and Prioritize Self-Care

Parenthood requires juggling many priorities - don't neglect yourself. Set boundaries and dedicate time for self-care. You cannot pour from an empty cup.


  • Block off time at least once a week for self-care activities like exercise, hobbies, and date nights. Outsource chores if possible.

Tip #3: Communicate Your Needs and Use Available Resources

Speak up about your needs at work. Identify challenges early and collaborate to find solutions. Utilize benefits like parental leave and childcare stipends.


  • Have regular check-ins with leadership to discuss the support needed. Research company policies and local programs for working parents.

Tip #4: Connect with Other Working Moms

Find community and inspiration by joining working parent networking groups. Identify mentors who can share their experiences. You are not alone.


  • Search sites like for working mom groups. Request informational interviews with working parent role models.

Tip #5: Practice Flexibility and Time Management

Flexibility and organization are key. Take advantage of options like telecommuting, and compressed schedules. Use calendars and lists to stay on top of everything.


  • Discuss flex arrangements with your manager. Use apps like Cozi for shared family calendars and grocery lists.

By embracing their strengths, prioritizing self-care, and seeking support, mothers can thrive as leaders. What other tips do you have for balancing parenthood and

professional growth?

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