While there are countless experiences and lessons that have shaped my journey, one that stands out as a game-changer is parenthood.
My own childhood experiences were very different from the loving and nurturing environment my daughter (14) and son (nearly 16) find themselves immersed in from their parents. I did not ever imagine I would have children so they have been an incredible blessing in my life and the best decision hands down I’ve ever made.
Recently, as they are growing into young adults I’ve realised that over the last sixteen years my kids have played a huge role in shaping how I run teams, communicate, think and treat people. Parenthood has made me a better product leader, and I’m here to explain why.
Patience and Resilience
Susan Wojcicki, the previous CEO of YouTube, is a mother of five. She has often shared how her experiences as a parent have shaped her leadership style, making her more patient and resilient in her role.
Empathy and Understanding
Time Management and Prioritisation
Communication and Conflict Resolution
Vision and Long-Term Thinking
Parenthood isn’t a hindrance to success; it’s a powerful catalyst for becoming an extraordinary product leader. So, to all the parents out there aspiring to excel in their careers, remember that the lessons learned from parenting can help you become the incredible leader you aspire to be.