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Why Mothers Make Great Business Leaders

Indra  Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA.

Some very prominent female CEOs – Indra Nooyi, Meg Whitman, Mary Barra, and Irene Rosenfeld – are all mothers. Mothers possess many of the significant qualities inherent in great business leaders. Mothers are excellent budget experts and project managers on any given day. Their resilience, adaptability, and fluidity make them a valuable asset in the corporate setting. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are four reasons why mothers make successful business leaders.


Leadership demands a bias for action. Leaders cannot sit silent idle and do nothing. At the same time, they do not make snap judgements. Rather than directing their energy into challenges and complaining about it, mothers overcome those with determined patience and reverence and move on to the next thing. People from the C-Suite are always laser-focused on what really matters and let go of the rest.


Believing in people and purpose is one of the good qualities of a leader. In order to reach somewhere, leaders must fully invest themselves into their people and purpose. Mothers, much like great business leaders are willing to overthrow their ego for a cause. They understand that their success isn’t measured by how well they do individually, but how well the people do. Good leadership, in the end, is not about us, it’s about the people.

Leadership and management skills is all about coaching, guiding, nurturing, and role-modeling with their ubiquitous knowledge and ever-present wisdom. Successful business leaders create a positive vision of what their people can become and nudge them along that path to success. Mothers, explore our interests, nudge us to try new things and find our passion and purpose in life.


When it comes to business, good leadership qualities demand highly ethical views and good-old fashioned values. After all, honesty and accountability are the hallmarks of great companies and leaders. Mothers never allow their children to lie. When you do something wrong, you just have to admit it, take the blame and close the chapter right there. Without honesty and accountability, you cannot trust your people. What makes a good leader is their ability to relinquish control and having faith in the abilities of people. Without trust, you cannot sustain long-term success.

Mothers are positive, hardworking, persuasive and determined leaders with excellent team leading skills. Most of all, they know how to bring out the best in her children and that is what makes them great business leaders.

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