Today, I am writing to pay a tribute to all mothers out there on ‘Mother’s Day’ to acknowledge and appreciate the kind of effort and commitment it takes to nourish and nurture children of this world. ‘Home makers’ are those special god-sent people in one’s lives who contribute, cater and care of other needs first, even before their own. These are those important women in our lives who have stood by us when we didn’t even know to babble a single syllable. They not only take care of the next generation, but also look out of the previous ones. Home makers and their behaviors have been seed to the management education and philosophy. Numerous management principles discovered or formulated have found its nascent origins in ‘Home’.
After reading various books, blogs and even observing people, I could identify the following qualities and traits which I would associate a good leader with. And to my surprise, all these traits have been embodied by a home maker. Few of them are as follows:
Honesty & Integrity: An honest leader is respected by not only his team but also by his peers. Similarly, homemakers are people who are committed to their families and act with full honesty and integrity.
Effective Communicator & Motivator: A good leader needs to motivate his team and followers to scale heights. Homemakers motivate kids to be good and kind at school. They motivate their better halves to be better in what they are doing. They even motivate old people in family to look forward to sunset years of their lives.
Good Housekeeping skills: A good leader keeps his organisation clutter free and well maintained. So, does a homemaker. Keeping the home and lives clean, healthy and clutter-free is a task in itself.
Solution Oriented: A leader helps finding solutions and getting them suitably implemented. Similarly, home makers are doing commendable work on that front on a daily basis. Finding cooking hacks, fixing quarrels and squabbles and even sometimes fixing relationships are part of the daily to-do list of a homemaker.
Emotional Intelligence: With turn of this century, the significance of this term has increased in last 2 decades. However, for homemakers this aspect of intelligence has been pivotal to their daily operations. In actual terms, this term was coined after studying homemakers and their empathetic behavior towards their family.
‘Team first’ attitude: Do I really need to emphasize this, remember the time when you got an A grade in school or a medal in sports. Was your mother not happiest that day. For a homemaker, his/her family is a team which needs to perform in the world. If the team performs and wins accolades, it makes them happy. This trait was learned by management gurus from their own mothers and wives.
There are many more such attributes and there are hardly any which a homemaker doesn’t embody. So, whatever management you want to learn, the library is in front of you. Try to find parallels of your problems with your mothers and wives. Because, the solution is right in front of you. You just have to get up and acknowledge it.
To all the homemakers out there, this article is just a small tribute to each and every one of you who have worked tirelessly for their entire lives to make sure your loved ones are comfortable and perform in the world. Many of us don’t acknowledge it everyday, but we do notice all the good work you put out there. So, Kudos to you….
Take Pride and Joy in what you do, What you do is extra special.