5 Important Skills for Business Professionals

As both a mother and a business owner, I’ve discovered that the skills I teach in professional workshops are equally valuable at home with my children.

The overlap between boardroom tactics and parenting strategies is both intriguing and surprisingly effective.

In this article, I’ll share how the skills I’ve taught my kids from the tender age of five years old have influenced the skills I coach business professionals today.

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Skill 1: Emotional Intelligence

In my workshops, I stress the significance of emotional intelligence for effective leadership.

I apply the same principles at home to teach my children about emotions.

From as early as age five, when my sons encountered conflicts on the playground, I guided them to identify and express their feelings, much like I would advise a manager handling team disputes.

We discussed the reasons behind their emotions, possible triggers, and how to communicate their feelings positively.

This approach not only helped resolve small disagreements but also equipped them with the skills to manage emotions and empathise with others from a young age.

However, a word of caution:

This strategy may not always be effective with siblings, as reasoning can sometimes go out the window when they’re together and emotions run high.

Skill 2: Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a fundamental aspect of my professional training, and at home, it’s about fostering curiosity and inquiry.

When my five-year-old son bombarded me with “Why?” questions, I resisted giving immediate answers and instead responded with, “What do you think?”

This method reflects how I urge professionals to delve deeper into problems instead of rushing to conclusions.

It’s about cultivating a questioning mindset, a skill that’s as crucial in the boardroom as it is in everyday problem-solving.

Skill 3: Presentation Skills

In my role as an executive coach, I emphasise the importance of clear expression and captivating storytelling in presentations.

With my children, I apply this by encouraging them to narrate stories about their day, describe their artwork, or articulate their beliefs in imaginative creatures.

By the age of five, my sons were adept at structuring stories with a clear beginning, middle, and end—a crucial skill for effective communication and presentation.

One delightful outcome is that my sons now often inquire about my day and what I’ve achieved.

It’s a wonderful example of how positive habits can come full circle!

Skill 4: Self-Confidence

Fostering self-confidence in professionals usually means encouraging them to step beyond their comfort zones.

I apply the same principle with my children, urging them to engage in new activities, be it sports, arts, or tasting new foods.

I remember encouraging my five-year-old son to climb higher on the jungle gym, supporting his bravery just as I would with a team member facing a new challenge.

The goal is to instil a belief in their capabilities – to show them they can achieve more than they might think.

Now, with both of my sons living abroad by their choice, I sometimes wonder if I instilled too much self-confidence in them too soon!

They confidently decided to study in another country at just 11 years old.

As a mother, it was a heartbreaking moment, yet reflecting on it, I wouldn’t change a thing.

They’re not just getting by; they’re flourishing.

It’s a testament to the idea that the seeds of confidence we plant can lead to extraordinary growth.

Skill 5: Humility and Self-Awareness

I always highlight the importance of humility and self-awareness, especially when things don’t go as planned.

At home, I try to lead by example, showing my children it’s okay to admit when you’re wrong.

For instance, when I forgot to buy a promised ice cream, I owned up to my mistake and said sorry.

This showed my kids that it’s important to take responsibility for your actions, a crucial lesson for any leader.

My children also see how I behave at work and how I treat my team.

They’ve seen me apologise when I’ve made a mistake.

I remember my son once asking why I needed to say sorry if I was the boss.

I explained that being a boss is just a title; what really matters is how you treat people.

I told him that everyone makes mistakes, even bosses, and it’s important to say sorry when we do.

A few days later, he mentioned that his teacher didn’t apologise for a mistake, and he thought that was wrong.

By showing humility and self-awareness both at home and at work, I’m teaching my children to be responsible and respectful.

These are key qualities for good leadership and personal integrity.

Conclusion – Important Skills for Business Professionals

It’s incredible to see how these lessons truly stick.

Combining my roles as a business owner and a mother has been an enriching and eye-opening journey.

The skills I teach professionals are the same ones I pass on to my children.

Emotional intelligence, critical thinking, presentation skills, self-confidence, humility, and self-awareness – these aren’t just business terms or parenting tips; they’re essential life skills.

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Natalie Brown

Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, and Group CEO at Select Training.

Work with me
Picture of Natalie Brown

Natalie Brown

Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach, and Group CEO at Select Training.

Work with me

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