The way that society views working mothers is holding us back. It undermines our potential. It tells us that part-time or flexible jobs cannot be challenging or have meaningful leadership potential. It tells us we should scale back our ambitions. It tells us we should expect less.
Although we cannot control how society views working mothers, we can try to influence it. But to change society, we need to start by changing ourselves. Most of us have internalised some of the messages we receive from society. We have scaled back our ambitions. We have put things on hold. We have accepted that part time or flexible work means that we can’t have challenging or meaningful work.
To change society, we first need to let go of these messages that we have internalised. We need to start by questioning our own leadership capacity and look at how we can develop, in our jobs and in our community involvement. We need to fight for our right to meaningful and challenging work that fits in with how we want to parent and the time we want to spend with our children.
But we can’t do it alone. We need allies. We need to be connected with the people who are fighting the same fight. We need to be connected to the peers that will empower us on our leadership journey. Surround yourself with people who are dreaming bigger, and who are asking their workplaces to accommodate their dreams, and you will find strength to do the same yourself.
To kick start your leadership journey you need to join up with your like-minded friends and walk this path together. We have created the Lead Mama Lead book group to give you a format in which you can to do this. Meeting monthly to explore different aspects of leadership and how they apply to your journey. Finding support from your friends and peers.
Assemble some of your mama friends and start meeting with your allies. Start you mama leadership book group, and read along with us.
Mama Leadership Book Group
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Leadership for the Disillusioned by Amanda Sinclair
Living a Feminist Life by Sarah Ahmed
When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right by Rachel M. Vincent
Not Just Lucky: Why Women Do the Work But Don’t Take the Credit by Jamila Rizvi
How Change Happens by Duncan Green
Find Your Brave: Courage to Stand Strong When Waves Crash In by Holly Wagner
Rethink your Career in your 40s, 50s and 60s by Joanna Maxwell
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Surround yourself with mama leaders. Start your own mama leadership book group in your local community to start a little piece of the mama leadership revolution in your corner of the world.
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