LeaderMoms, Modeling a Growth Mindset is Wise.
Executive Presence Can Look Like This: “This is a gift, Dad.”
This week, we saw some famous people paying to get their kids into colleges. That made me sad, and a little sick, because it is terrible plan.
I do get the appeal. We often think of success as a linear process, and there is a good bit of anxiety in play. If our kids can get XY or Z (into an ivy, a job, a car), our kids will be happy. But that belief is wildly misguided.
If You Fear Ruining Your Career with Kids, or Kids with Your Career, Please Don’t.
Our first study highlighted common development areas among our LeaderMom panelists. Executive presence was an area of focus for 6 in 10 LeaderMoms. In addition, the women who strongly agreed that they benefitted from leadership development also pointed to executive presence as an area of personal growth (76% compared to 59% overall).
One senior leader with whom we work, is extremely highly regarded in her global company (top-ranked in her field via a talent review that spanned almost 20 colleagues in different divisions) and is about to have her second baby. Recently she shared that she worried that having another child “is going to ruin her family and her career.” This write-up is for her.