Stepping into the role of benevolent CEO

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

The job of a CEO is four-fold: S/he establishes budgets, builds teams, creates culture, and sets strategy and vision.

Sounds like I just described a parent, right? 

Parents are the leaders in their families, but many parents shy away from this role when their kids apply the pressure - throwing a fit, name calling, complaining, whining - making life generally miserable for all.

The truth is that being a parent isn’t about winning a popularity contest; it’s about providing strong, loving guidance, which is easily accomplished if you step into the role of CEO. 

Banish from your mind those erroneous assumptions that a leader is an egomaniacal taskmaster or dictator. That’s not who you want to be or the most effective way to parent. 

Think in terms of a benevolent CEO:  

  • A kind, compassionate CEO can firmly and lovingly set limits and follow through even in the face of her child’s unhappy responses.  
  • A caring, thoughtful parent can respectfully listen to her child’s requests yet trust her own inner wisdom in making decisions.

Standing in your power as a loving, caring parent allows you to realize your visions for your child and, at the same time, create a family culture where you and your child can thrive.


Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad

Latest Comments