You may recall a few months ago, we had an episode about mothers and leadership where I interviewed Daniella Rabbani. In that episode, I mentioned that I took many of my foundational leadership principles from my mom.
So today, it’s just me talking – I am going to share those learnings. As Mother’s Day approaches and the anniversary of my mother’s passing draws near, it’s a fitting way to pay tribute to her. You will hear six principles that inform the way I aspire to be a leader that I learned from her. I hope you also find some inspiration in this.
[spp-timestamp time="00:10"] – I am excited to introduce a special episode of Authentic Leadership for Everyday People, where I pay tribute to my mother in honor of Mother’s Day and share the leadership lessons I learned from her.
[spp-timestamp time="01:23"] – This episode is dedicated to my mother, who passed away almost a year ago. In her memory, I want to share six leadership principles she taught me, which influenced my leadership style.
[spp-timestamp time="03:44"] – You can’t do anything if you apply yourself: my mother encouraged me to work on my weak areas and become good at my natural strengths. This lesson has helped me become the leader I am today.
[spp-timestamp time="05:43"] – Start any relationship with trust: my mother’s complete trust in me during my whole school career taught me the importance of starting any relationship with trust and not micromanaging people.
[spp-timestamp time="07:40"] – Value honesty and transparency above all: my mother taught me the importance of transparency and creating a space where people are encouraged and rewarded for their honesty. Her teachings have influenced my leadership style.
[spp-timestamp time="09:59"] – I encourage my teams to bring any issues or problems directly to me because I believe that honesty and transparency create better cultures in teams and organizations.
[spp-timestamp time="10:23"] – Lead in service of others: my mother found joy in doing things for others, and I try to incorporate this principle in my own leadership style, believing that it is a valuable trait for any leader to have.
[spp-timestamp time="11:04"] – How my mother turned her own tragedy into service of others. I share the traumatic experience of losing my younger brother to SIDS and the impact it had on my family.
[spp-timestamp time="12:54"] – What my mother’s work with the Italian Association of Parents of SIDS Victims taught me about the importance of making an impact.
[spp-timestamp time="14:03"] – I share a touching story of my mother’s impact and how her kindness and empathy led two SIDS families to find hope on the other side of tragedy.
[spp-timestamp time="15:11"] – I learned a valuable leadership principle from both my parents: the role of a leader is to serve and empower others.
[spp-timestamp time="16:18"] – The importance of taking ownership, persisting, and not giving up. From a young age, I was taught the importance of accountability and managing situations myself. As a leader, it’s my responsibility to own the consequences of losses while sharing the wins with my team.
[spp-timestamp time="19:12"] – Separate love and long-term relationships from individual issues: creating an environment where people feel safe and secure leads to success. If you can apply this principle in your life and as a leader, you can do a lot of good for people and achieve great success.
[spp-timestamp time="20:18"] – I hope that the principles my mother lived by and that I have shared today will help listeners find their own ways to act, lead, work with people, and relate to those in their lives.
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