Becoming an Effective Leader: Top Tips from Coaches and Coaching Students
January 26, 2018
Being a leader doesn’t always mean heading your own department, running your own business, or assuming the role of a community director. As a full-time mom taking care of the family, you too are a leader in charge of the kids and the house. Many moms don’t realize the importance of developing their leadership skill as a way to be a better mom.
Fortunately, leadership is a skill that you can train for, so there are things you can do to be a more effective leader. After talking to the experts from Ohio University masters in coaching education program, I discovered several top tips to help you – and myself – get started on improving your leadership skills.
There is a popular saying among coaches: “you can make up for your lack of knowledge or skill with plenty of enthusiasm and passion.” Leaders don’t always have to know everything. You may not know the answer to every problem with the kids or issues around the house, and that’s okay. As long as you have the enthusiasm, you will find a way to solve those issues.
Enthusiasm also gives you the drive to learn new things and improve yourself. Being a stay-at-home mom, especially for the first time, is pretty daunting. The only way you can overcome the challenges is by taking the time to learn new things every day.
Never Stop Learning
Speaking of learning, constant learning is another secret ingredient that will turn you into an effective leader. There will come a day when you don’t know how to handle the children or you cannot solve other problems around the house. Worry not because you have the internet on your side.
Students at Ohio University are taught to keep learning even after they complete their master in coaching education program. Constant learning is the only way you stay ahead. When you are a full-time mom, you know how important it is to stay on top of every situation, especially when it comes to the kids.
Learn to Delegate
Here’s another top tip to keep in mind: you don’t have to do everything. The better you are at delegating your tasks, the more effective you will become as a leader. You can get the kids involved in certain things – getting them to do simple things like tidying up their own toys really helps. You also have your partner to count on in other situations.
In other more specific cases, you can rely on your parents, your siblings, and even other relatives and close friends for help. Delegating means you can focus your energy on the most important tasks, knowing that you have other people helping you deal with the rest.
Lastly, a great coach and leader should always spend more time listening rather than talking. Listening gives you the opportunity to understand things better. This leads to better decisions being made and more problems solved successfully. Develop these traits and become the better leader you know you can be; these traits help you become a better mom too.