Happy Mothers Day
For most of the past eight years I have spent a great portion of my time studying leadership. And what I have discovered is that leadership is not about position or title. While someone with position may consider themselves a leader, a true leader needs no title to lead. People volunteer to follow a true leader. Leadership is about influence. Nothing more, nothing less.
Leaders empower us to be better. They lift us up. Leaders give credit to others. Leaders inspire us.
And, in a world where true leaders are few and far between, today we celebrate those who at their best are among the finest leaders the world has ever known, our mothers.
From our very first breath, our mothers encouraged us. They inspired us. They empowered us.
When we fell, instead of letting us lay there in a world of self pity, the picked us up, dusted us off and encouraged us to try again. Always marking each success no matter how minimal or great, with words of praise and encouragement.
If it is true that leaders eat from the trough last, it is a certainty, that there were times when our mothers skipped a meal or, ate less so that we could eat. Times when they wore old clothes so that we could wear new. Always prioritizing our needs over theirs.
Our mothers sacrificed so that we need not.
So today, if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share time with your mother, let her know that when you think of her, you remember the times that she took a back seat so that you could shine. Tell her that her leadership is the foundation by which you you became the person you are today.
Leaders build relationships that last a lifetime. There is no stronger bond then that of a mother and her child.
Happy Mothers Day