Managing motherhood and leadership: Tips for success

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ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Balancing the demands of motherhood with the responsibilities of leading an organisation is a formidable task that many entrepreneurs face. Motherhood brings immense joy and fulfillment but it also requires significant time, attention and energy while on the other hand, leading an organisation demands relentless dedication, creativity and resilience.

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The intersection of these two roles can often feel like a delicate balancing act, with competing priorities vying for attention however, with thoughtful planning and the right strategies in place, it is possible to navigate this dual role successfully. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Ada Sodhi, Director of Customer Success at, suggested some practical tips and strategies for effectively managing motherhood and organisational leadership.

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From setting boundaries and prioritising tasks to fostering open communication and practicing self-care, she shared actionable advice to help entrepreneurs thrive in both their professional and personal lives. Here are some tips for managing motherhood and organisational leadership effectively –

  1. Establish Clear Boundaries: Setting boundaries is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance between work and family life. Define specific times for work and family activities and stick to them as much as possible. Communicate these boundaries to your team and family members so they understand when you’re available and when you need uninterrupted time for work or family commitments.
  2. Prioritise Tasks: With limited time available, it’s essential to prioritize tasks based on their importance and urgency. Identify the most critical tasks that require your immediate attention both at work and home and focus on completing them first. This will help you stay organised and ensure that you’re addressing the most pressing issues in both areas of your life.
  3. Delegate Responsibilities: Don’t hesitate to delegate tasks at work and home to lighten your load. Empower your team members to take on more responsibilities and trust them to handle tasks efficiently. Similarly, involve your partner, family members, or childcare providers in managing household chores and childcare duties. Delegating allows you to focus on high-value activities and reduces the burden of trying to do everything yourself.
  4. Practice Effective Time Management: When it comes to balancing motherhood and organizational leadership, time is a valuable commodity. Calendars, to-do lists, and time-blocking tactics may all help you manage your time more successfully. Schedule specific times for work, family time, self-care and leisure. Stick to your schedule as much as possible but also be adaptable and open to change when unexpected occurrences occur.
  5. Communicate Openly: Effective communication is key to successfully managing both motherhood and organizational leadership. Keep lines of communication open with your team members, investors, and family members. Be transparent about your commitments and limitations, and don’t hesitate to ask for support when needed. By fostering open communication, you can build trust and understanding in both your professional and personal relationships.
  6. Take Care of Yourself: Remember that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Prioritise self-care and make time for activities that recharge your batteries, whether it’s exercise, hobbies, or spending quality time with loved ones. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is essential for maintaining resilience and productivity in both your roles as a mother and an organizational leader.
  7. Be Present in the Moment: When you’re with your family, be fully present and engaged in the moment. Put away distractions such as smartphones and laptops, and focus on connecting with your loved ones. Similarly, when you’re at work, give your undivided attention to the tasks at hand and avoid getting distracted by personal matters. Being present in each moment allows you to make the most of your time and create meaningful experiences at home and in the workplace.
  8. Embrace Imperfection: Finally, remember that it’s okay to not have everything perfectly balanced all the time. Motherhood and organisational leadership are both inherently challenging roles, and there will inevitably be times when one takes precedence over the other. Instead of striving for perfection, focus on finding a sustainable rhythm that works for you and your family. Be kind to yourself and celebrate your achievements, both big and small, along the way.

Finding harmony between motherhood and organisational leadership is an ongoing journey filled with challenges and rewards. By embracing flexibility, prioritising self-care and fostering open communication, entrepreneurs can navigate this dual role with resilience and grace.

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