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Balancing Motherhood and Leadership as a Working Mom

Updated: Sep 18, 2023



Hey lovely leaders and mamas!


I just want to say to all those mamas out there that you have made motherhood look easier than it is! My motherhood journey was a transformative experience that shaped me in ways I could never have imagined, including becoming a better leader.


Being a working mom is a beautiful and rewarding journey that brings together the joys of motherhood and the fulfillment of a successful professional career. However, the path of a working mom in a leadership role can sometimes feel like an intricate balancing act, where responsibilities and expectations intersect. In this blog post, we'll explore the unique challenges faced by working moms in leadership positions and uncover some valuable strategies for achieving a harmonious balance between career and motherhood.


1. Redefining Success:

As a working mom in a leadership role, it is crucial to redefine what success means to you. Understand that achieving perfect balance may not always be possible, but instead, focus on finding a harmonious integration of your roles as a mother and a leader. Embrace the idea that success is not measured solely by professional achievements but also by the love and support you provide for your family.


2. Prioritizing and Time Management:


Effective time management and prioritization skills are essential for any working mom, especially those in leadership positions. Develop a system that allows you to prioritize tasks, delegate responsibilities, and create a realistic schedule. Identify your most critical tasks and allocate time specifically for them, while also setting aside quality time for your family. Using a calendar faithfully has allowed me to set myself up for success and become more organized. Using my calendar for personal and work-related meetings, events, or tasks has made me more successful since planning in advance has helped me avoid procrastination, eliminate distractions, and focus on completing tasks efficiently. But, remember life will happen. Your baby might get sick or even some of your team members at work and your calendar might need to be rescheduled, but remember it will be okay! Remember, it's okay to say no and set boundaries when necessary to maintain a healthy work-life harmony.




3. Building a Support System:


Surrounding yourself with a strong support system is crucial! Seek support from your partner, family, friends, and colleagues who understand and appreciate the unique challenges you face. Delegate tasks and share responsibilities with your partner, engage in open communication, and collaborate on finding solutions that work for both of you. It's okay to share household chores and daycare pick-ups. Being a mom doesn't mean you have to do everything by yourself. That will lead to burnout! Additionally, consider joining working mom support groups or networking communities to connect with other like-minded women who can offer guidance and encouragement.


4. Practicing Self-Care:

Self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity. I know that sounds cliche, but as a working mom in a leadership role, it's vital to prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Carve out time for activities that recharge and rejuvenate you, whether it's exercising, reading, a hot bubble bath, or your favorite hobby. If you are anything like myself you might struggle with self-care. I have found adding self-care to my calendar allows me to make sure self-care is happeing consistently. Your children and team members deserve to have the best mama and leader possible. You cannot fill up others from an empty cup.


5. Embracing Flexibility and Letting Go of Perfection:

Striving for perfection in both your professional and personal life can be overwhelming and unattainable. Embrace flexibility and give yourself permission to let go of unrealistic expectations. My morning calendar would go out the window on nights when Zoey, my daughter, would wake up three to four times at night. Or when she decided her alarm clock went off at 4 a.m. and she was ready to conquer the day. Children and work can be unpredictable, but as working moms, we have to learn to not let the unpredictable ruin a day of influence. It's okay to ask for help, delegate tasks, and accept that some things may not go as planned. Remind yourself it is progress over perfection and celebrate small victories along the way.


Remember:

Being a working mom in a leadership role is a unique journey that requires a delicate balancing act. By redefining success, prioritizing effectively, building a support system, practicing self-care, and embracing flexibility, you can achieve a harmonious balance between motherhood and your professional career. Remember, you are an incredible role model for your children, showcasing the importance of pursuing one's passions while cherishing the joys of family life. Embrace this dual journey with confidence, love, and determination, and you will undoubtedly thrive in both your leadership role and as a mother.



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