Posted by: kstridegoudie | May 11, 2015


It’s a gorgeous, sunny Sunday afternoon. I’m sitting on the deck, sipping an iced coffee. The birds are singing … the frogs are croaking in the background … it’s beautiful opportunity to be quiet and reflect.

I am reflecting on my day spent at Leadercast and the fact that today is Mother’s Day. The theme of Leadercast was “The Brave Ones” and I can’t help but think the theme for Mother’s Day is “The Brave Ones”.


I see a lot of parallels in what it takes to be an effective leader … and an effective mother …

Common Characteristics such as …
courage, bravery, boldness, service, kindness, compassion, empathy, resilience, perseverance, grit, creativity,  innovation, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, resourcefulness, community, leadership, dedication, hard work, risk-taking, care, truth, justice, hope, love, honesty, faith, excellence, optimism, vision, inspiring, trustworthy, relationship builder, respect etc  …

I am thinking … this is sounding like the competencies of the 21st-century learner, sounding like leadership & citizenship and sounding like Inspiring Education all wrapped up together in one neat package … the package of “motherhood”.

So today we honor all mothers around the world … and we pause to say thank you to our own mothers and mother-in-laws who have made an impact on each one of our lives. Thank you for playing a critical role in empowering us to be who we are today.

MOTHERS … Be BLESSED today … You are truly the “BRAVE ONES” !!


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