15 Leadership Quotes for Mother-Leaders

Amazing Mother-Leaders, here are some simple yet powerful quotes to inspire and challenge you about what leadership means for you.

 A mother is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. (John C. Maxwell)

 Before you are a mother, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a mother, success is all about growing others. (Jack Welch)

Motherhood is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. (Harold S. Geneen)

 The key to successful motherhood is influence, not authority. (Kenneth H. Blanchard)

 OK, I confess! Yes, I’ve used creative license to modify these quotes! BUT the only thing I have changed is that where the original author used the word ‘leader’ or ‘leadership’, I have replaced it with ‘mother’ or ‘motherhood’. I think the resultant quotes speak for themselves! Enjoy the inspiration and challenge!

 Motherhood should be more participative than directive, more enabling than performing. (Mary D. Poole)

 Motherhood is self-differentiation. It’s simply setting yourself apart from others and often times setting an example. It’s not about being in charge or power, but rather caring for others and helping them achieve a common goal. (Michael Flanigan)

 A mother is a dealer in hope. (Napoleon Bonaparte)

 Motherhood is a series of behaviours rather than a role for heroes. (Margaret Wheatley)

 The art of motherhood is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes. (Tony Blair)

 The challenge of motherhood is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. (Jime Rohn)

 Some of the quotes needed a little bit more poetic license, so where I changed anything else, I have crossed the original out and added my version in.

 A mother takes people her children where they want to go. A great mother takes people her children where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. (Rosalynn Carter)

 The greatest mother is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He She is the one that gets the people her children to do the greatest things. (Ronald Reagan)

 To lead people mother children, walk beside them … As for the best mothers, the people children do not notice their existence. The next best, the people children honour and praise. The next, the people children fear; and the next, the people children hate … When the best mother’s work is done the people children say, ‘We did it ourselves!’ (Lao-tsu, Chinese philosopher)

 The task of the mother is to get his people her children from where they are to where they have not been. (Henry A. Kissinger)

 Become the kind of mother that people your children would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. (Brian Tracy)

 Your turn! Add your favourite leadership quote/s in the comments… How do they sound when you apply them to motherhood?

 Jenni xx

 PS. And, just because I can 🙂 …“The only safe ship hood in a storm is leadership motherhood.” (Faye Wattleton) 🙂

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