A modern-day leadership expert makes the case for prioritizing family over work.
- Rosette Wamambe is a transformational leadership coach who works for Maxwell Certified Leadership Team.
- In a Sunday op-ed for the Ugandan publication Monitor, she argues that those who work in the business world are always in danger of forgetting or losing the most important asset they’ve invested in—family.
- She warns that it is easy to neglect family and that intentional leaders need to balance the needs of their family, lest they harm their loved ones without their focus and absence.
Why It’s Important
Wamambe attended the Maxwell International Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, last month and says that she is happy to see that one of the most trafficked booths of the event was the “Youth And Parenting Booth,” and that a number of attendees brought their wives and children to the event. This reflects an intentional desire to include family in the lives and work of their parents.
She asks effective leaders to reflect on the importance of their families and children. Business leaders make strong commitments and agreements in their work, and those need to apply to families as well. Intentional leadership gives leaders the power to put the most important things first, as children are the future.
“As leaders, we can all agree on one fact, and that is, we do what we do and make the sacrifices we make for the good of our immediate families. What I wonder though is when things get tough, why is it that the very people we put at the back of the burner first are our immediate families?” says Wamambe.
“We need to ask for wisdom to take care of those our creator gives us because, in my view, children are indeed a gift from God, we are stewards, and we need to give an account to the giver of this gift on how we stewarded these gifts to enable them fulfill the potential for which they were created.”