5 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Mother

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” – Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated it while fighting against the British government. Similarly, every woman silently works every day to establish a thought – “In a gentle way, you can build a family” and my mother is no different. I believe the purpose of every action we take at work is to accomplish goals or to achieve rewards in a tangible or in a non-tangible way. However, what is the motivating factor for every woman who develops a successful family or raises kids maintaining a work-life balance?
Does she work for any:

  • Title,
  • Rewards or,
  • profit

I believe each woman who is building and binding a family is a leader who has no title. These are my top five  leadership lessons I have learned from my mom.

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Are You Avoiding Crucial Conversations?

Rahul 13 years old kid. He is growing up in the Mumbai. As a part of his upbringing, he always has to ask his dad if he has to go anywhere out with school friends. However, he is always afraid of his father and hesitated to talk to him if he needs anything. Even after planning and rehearsing a conversation 100 times within his mind he was not able to accumulate courage to share it with his dad.

Matt 34 years old Software Engineer, working in Houston, Texas. He is employed with the same company for last five years and now due for a promotion. He can not change his job because of his wife and kids. He is not sure how to start a conversation with his manager and tell him why he should get promotion this year. After planning and rehearsing a conversation for last three months within his mind, he was not able to accumulate courage to initiate a conversation with his manager.

All of us have walked in the shoes of either Rahul or Matt sometimes in our life. It means even after planning as well as rehearsing a conversation multiple times within our mind, we have either avoided it for an interim or decided not to talk about it at all. Sometimes we ended up carrying a conversation baggage in our mind around the clock and added unwanted stress in our life. So crucial question is how one should handle an important conversation?

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Am I impatient???

  • Heating up food in microwave for 1 minutes takes forever
  • After shopping in the Walmart, check out queue takes forever
  • You hit refresh button ten times; if the Internet is slow and do not allow to load the page successfully
  • You are waiting for an expected call at 1.00 PM. At 1.01 PM are you thinking why does he take so long to call?

Whenever I face above situations, I asked million dollar question to myself “am I impatient?” However, my friends and family describe me as a patient person. If that is the case, which side of the bucket I fit into? Does that mean I have patience only for 5 min? Is that how will you describe a patient person?

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