Many of today’s traditional families started with dual incomes with both parents working and contributing to household expenses. But, that dual income quickly faded as dual kids entered the picture and become the full-time job. Many parents struggle when they lose that second income and the “work from home and make $10,000 a week” classified ads present little hope on delivering results. However, many women professionals turned professional moms are turning to coaching, and realizing they’re pretty damn good at it.
JT Foxx, top business coach, author and serial entrepreneur has helped countless women hone their pre-mom business skills and develop successful coaching practices. Their new work-from-home careers help make up, or in many cases exceed, the revenue lost when being a mom became their full-time job. Foxx is a big believer that moms make great coaches and are sometimes more driven then men because they want to create something for their children.
According to Foxx, coaches help their clients focus on their goals, push them towards achieving them and hold them accountable for their actions. If that doesn’t sound like the role of a mom I don’t know what does!
He recently shared with me his top four characteristics women have that make them great at developing successful coaching practices and leading others.
1) Giving before receiving
JT Foxx points to the dinner table in any household as a great example at a mom’s selfless giving; she eats last after making sure everyone else is taken care of. In the cut-throat, over competitive world of business, those leading need to be able to set their own agenda aside and have no personal motive other than to deliver great results for their clients first. Leaders always give more than they receive.
2) Work well under pressure
Have you ever witnessed a mom trying to get three kids up in the morning, fed, dressed, lunches made and in the car on their way to school? It’s as high of a pressure situation as they come, happens every day for 15-years and is a great example of how moms operate in high pressure situations, they keep their eye on the goal and focus on getting the job done. A mom’s day is filled with tense situations from the moment she wakes up in the morning until her tired head hits the pillow at night. According to Foxx, this management style translates well in to working with clients and managing their sometimes-stressful challenges.
3) Multi-tasking at its finest
From homework to band practice and making dinner to helping with the science project, moms call multi-tasking just an average Tuesday. They have no choice but to manage it all and get it done. Foxx says this is a valuable attribute when it comes to guiding the diverse needs of multiple clients.
Who does the CEO of a large company or that aspiring entrepreneur that feels like he’s on an island have to vent to? A mom, that’s who. Maybe not his or hers, but moms have empathy and can also deliver tough love to cause action, when needed, says Foxx.
If you’ve been successful in business in the past but now feel like a combination home chef, Uber driver and after school tutor, you probably have valuable skills that can help be a driving force for many businesses. Being a coach can give you flexible hours working from home doing Skype meetings with your clients. Many start-ups and small business leaders are looking for someone that has been there, done that to help guide them down a path. Foxx says that nearly 71% of his international students are women and many have been able to successfully coach others while maintaining a good work/life balance. He concluded by adding that moms are very “coachable” as well and in order to be one, they should have their own.