Three Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Mom – by Heather Blanchard

For my entire life, my mom has been my best friend, my number one fan, and my biggest motivator. She’s supported me in everything that I’ve done and encourages me to be the best person I can be. Most importantly, though, she’s taught me how to be a leader both in my life and in others’ lives. Here are three leadership lessons my mom has taught me that I continue to use today.

1) Kindness is the Best Approach: I was always amazed at how my mom could get along with anyone, and how everyone enjoyed being around her. She was a leader in everything she did, both in our family and in all the jobs she had. Leadership came naturally to my mom, and she made it seem easy. As I started working and experiencing different types of leadership, I realized that people are naturally drawn to my mom because of her sincere kindness and how she genuinely desires to uplift people. This lesson taught me the importance that a simple act of kindness could have on others. It’s a lesson that I use every day.

2) Find a Balance: My mom is the type of person who will give you the shirt off her back if she knows you need it. She has the biggest heart and never thinks twice about reaching a hand out to others who need help. But she taught me that while it’s good to give to others, it’s crucial not to forget about yourself. She taught me that you must find a balance between your needs and others’ needs. If you are going to lead, you must be the best version of yourself by prioritizing your own wellbeing.

3) You Can Do Anything: Growing up, my mom encouraged me to do everything I had a passion for—from dance to music, art, and academics, she never discouraged me from trying something new. I watched her accomplish so many different things, like becoming a substitute teacher, getting promoted to office manager, and helping my family through some of the toughest times we have seen. There was nothing that was off limits to her, and she dedicated herself to be the best in everything she did. My mom taught me that you could do anything so long as you truly believe in yourself.

I hope never to stop learning from my mom. The lessons she’s taught me have helped me through some of the biggest challenges in my life, both personally and professionally. She taught me how to be a leader through love, support, and empowerment. Her leadership lessons will continue to motivate me for the rest of my life.

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