Here at Lead Mama Lead we are committed to making leadership accessible to working mothers, and promote the idea that leadership can be sustainable for working mamas, fitting in with our family lives, and pursued in a way that nourishes ourselves and allows time for self-care. You can be a powerful and impactful leader in the work that you do, without running yourself or your family into the ground. This is a big shift that our workplace culture needs to embrace, but it is one that we believe should define the way that we work as the 21st Century progresses.
So, to be true to our own ideals of sustainable leadership, the Lead Mama Lead blog will take a deliberate pause of 2 months over the busy season that we have ahead. The end of the year is a time best spent enjoying family life and making room for some rest. Lead Mama Lead will return to regular publishing after the new year.
So as this is our last blog post of 2017, it is a great time to reflect back on some of the achievements of our growing movement in 2017. We started this year with a small but growing Facebook group, and no other web presence. Since then our Facebook community has grown to well over 600 mama leaders, which is more than double what is was at the beginning of this year. The honesty, vulnerability, and spirit of sharing and mutual support continues to blow me away. I am so proud of this space that I seeded, but which has grown and been nourished by all the wonderful women who post, share advice and offer support within our community.
It might seem like a small thing, a Facebook group, but I have witnessed women find the strength to leave jobs that make them unhappy, find support for challenges at home, find the leadership to drive policy changes in their workplaces. For me, this has confirmed my initial thesis with Lead Mama Lead, that when we give women the space to know that they are both powerful and not alone, then women will be empowered and emboldened to lead the change we need. A workplace revolution is happening in small ways, and with small individual actions. One day these small changes will contribute to the tide of change. I feel so honoured to witness some of these small actions coming to life in our community of mama leaders.
We launched our blog on International Women’s Day, March 8th this year. Over this time year we’ve grown a small but loyal following that includes readers from across the globe. Some the community’s our favourite posts from the year were Kristin’s interview with Senator Katy Gallagher, Ruth’s powerful review of Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball, and my own vulnerable post Every Week I Fall Apart. I am every grateful for my volunteer contributors to the blog, including those that have guest posted over the year. It is so important that we speak about the issues that women face at work in connection to motherhood, especially when we’ve been conditioned in our society to consider anyone who talks about motherhood in the public realm as unworthy of serious consideration. The term ‘just a Mummy Blog’ is so often used to denigrate women’s voices. We are mothers. We do want to talk about motherhood and work. And we WILL be taken seriously.
We also held two small networking events in Canberra, with so many requests that we take our events to other cities. We would love to do so, but we are not quite ready yet. However, you can create your own Lead Mama Lead experience by hosting a free get together or starting a mama leadership book group. Use the Facebook Group to connect with your fellow mama leaders in your local community. In 2018 we hope to have other ways to get involved, like some online courses or events. So watch this space.
I’ve also watched a number of wonderful clients achieve huge things in their own leadership journey. It has been such an honour play a small role in the leadership journey of the mama leaders that I have coached. Here is what one of our mama leaders, Catherine Bell, had to say about the Leadership Foundations Coaching Program:
In June 2016 I took a Big Leap. After attending two of the (wonderful) Lead Mama Lead workshops in Canberra, I felt aligned with Summer and prepared to invest in myself. Any reservations I had dissolved when I received the first workbook. Light bulbs started going off and ideas started flowing. The session with Summer was true mentoring, I felt understood and supported but not advised or directed. It was all me! By month two, I was ‘on fire!’. The second workbook added depth to the first, bringing insights and clarity. Summer was flexible when our planned session time fell through. The third workbook and final session brought it all together, leaving me with firm goals and a realistic ‘to do list.’ I now have short term direction and long term goals, with strategies and resources I can use to achieve them.
Summer is easy to be with, she listens and helps provide focus. Her talent is that I ended the process feeling very powerful and with direction.
If you are feeling unsure about your career direction, frustrated with your current circumstances or have been struggling with Impostor Syndrome, I recommend the Lead Mama Lead services. It is a great investment in you.
Finally, Lead Mama Lead has been such a huge part of my own leadership journey, as people start to pay attention to this social change mission that I am promoting with Lead Mama Lead. I’ve been invited to speak on a number of occasions, I’ve been interviewed on local radio, and even had my first television interview! I’ve also appreciated watching my team of mama leaders grow in their own leadership journeys as we grow this movement together.
If you would like to stretch your own leadership wings in 2018, we are looking for contributors to write for our blog, and a social media manager. These volunteer positions would be a great chance to learn from myself as an experienced writer and online entrepreneur, as well as contribute to the important mission that we have here at Lead Mama Lead. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please get in touch summer(at)leadmamalead(dot)com to chat about being involved. I am committed to sustainable contribution, and we make it easy to contribute in small but meaningful ways.
Enjoy the holiday season with your family, and return to 2017 refreshed, with a new dedication to your leadership journey. That is exactly what we will be doing too. See you in 2018!
Take this topic further:
- Are you trying to figure out how to pursue your dreams, but do it without burning yourself out? Lead Mama Lead’s Design Your Perfect Week program has been built to help you do so. Find balance and nourish yourself, your family and your dreams at the same time.
- Nourish your leadership in 2018. Our Leadership Foundations coaching program has 6 spots available for the February- April program. It is flexible, and the one-on-one coaching sessions will fit around your life and work. If you book before Christmas, you can get in at the 2017 price of $330, which is $50 off the 2018 price.
- Help us grow the Lead Mama Lead movement, while stretching your own leadership wings at the same time. Get in touch about volunteering with Lead Mama Lead. Email summer(at)leadmamalead(dot)com