My Mother and The Leadership Lessons of The Silent Generation

July 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

My mother was born in 1927 and is 84 years old. She is a charter member of the “Silent Generation” the label given to people born between 1925-1945. She fell today and broke her shoulder and will be hospitalized and then in rehab for a couple of weeks. My mom has slowed down physically in recent years, but continues to be strong mentally demonstrating an independent and feisty spirit. The “Silent Generation” grew up during challenging times which included The Great Depression and World World II. They were tested at a young at a young age.

While not an outspoken leader, I have learned valuable leadership lessons from my mother. Mom stressed the importance of family and never neglecting your family for business. She also demonstrated how to be strong despite adversity in her life. Seven of her brothers and sisters and my father have passed away within the past 20 years She also won a battle with cancer 17 years ago when the experts gave her nine months to live.

What leadership lessons have you learned from your parents?

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