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Thanks, Mom: 4 Leadership Lessons from the Women Who Loved Us First

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on May 6, 2016 12:44:49 PM



You rarely find "Mom" as a job title on a resume, but when it comes to leadership development, moms and managers have more in common than you might think. Often, mom is wearing the hats of chief logistics coordinator, events director, lead chef, and financial analyst. It's a full time job, not to mention the additional demands of her responsibilities outside the home.

Yet somehow, in the midst of the craziness of life, Moms find time for leadership development.

It is Mom who gets tasked with the first steps of growing great humans, teaching us lessons in endurance, hardwork, humilty, and compassion.

Here are a few key leadership lessons from Mom we will never forget.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Equality is Not Sameness

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 30, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Celebrating Women's History Month this March.

I recently had a conversation regarding a new work assignment I have been placed in that will require me to work in a male-dominated environment. I expressed that I speculated it could have been an intentional business move to place a woman in that position rather than one of my male colleagues. That, perhaps, some of my naturally more feminine characteristics would help to balance out the room full of testosterone.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Leader First. Gender Second.

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 19, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Im often asked, what women inspire you? Do you have female role models in business? Whats it like being a woman in leadership?

All good questions and all impossible to answer.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Women in Leadership

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 13, 2015 9:15:00 AM

When I was getting my Master’s of Science in Leadership and Ethics at JBU, I heard a lot of theories and debates on leadership. What is leadership? What makes someone a leader? Is leadership important?

Similarly, I heard a lot of theories and debates on ethical business models. What makes a business model profitable? Who defines profitability of a business? Who is responsible for the ethical decisions of a company?

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Topics: Women, Leadership

How to Tell a Better Leadership Story

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 31, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Leadership is a journey. It’s a long story, and there are lots of chapters and many characters. You’re writing the story every day of your life, so there is always something more to add, and there is always something as a leader that you can improve upon or change to make it a better.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

The Best Imposter

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 11, 2014 9:00:00 AM

My first performance evaluation as a Soderquist Fellow was terrifying. Not because I was in the presence of intimidating company, mind you, but because I had convinced myself of the dreadful results I was about to receive. I anticipated being told how much my performance was lacking and how inadequate my work had been. Who am I kidding, I thought to myself. I didn’t even deserve this job in the first place.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Those Who Came Before

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 6, 2014 9:00:00 AM

In 1987, Congress passed a resolution designating March as National Women’s History Month.  As the public discourse pauses each March to consider the impact women have made in our country’s history, it seems appropriate to consider what the women before me have taught me about leadership.  This year’s national theme: women of character, courage, and commitment; and so I join the conversation. 

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Brave Enough

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Mar 4, 2014 9:00:00 AM

When we look at literature throughout history, we are often hard-pressed to find a strong, courageous female leader as opposed to the typical male hero. Female protagonists, though few and far between, have a variety of insightful leadership lessons for the modern woman.

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Topics: Women, Leadership

Welcome Back Robin!

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 22, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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Robin Roberts returned to Good Morning America yesterday, five weeks after her bone marrow transplant. She graciously accepted an abundance of warm greetings from colleagues and fans, saying, “Faith, family and friends have brought me to this moment and I am so full of gratitude."

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Topics: Women, Powerful Influencers, Deeper Life, Values & Ethics