Leadership Lessons These 4 CEOs Learned From Their Moms

by CXOtoday News Desk    May 13, 2017


When asked who inspired them, many of today’s most famous business leaders credit their mothers. For many, their moms paved the way for their groundbreaking success by teaching them the values, determination and work ethic they’d need to thrive. According to a Wall Street Journal article, Bill Gates’ mother “inspired her son” to get into philanthropy after Microsoft’s stock made Gates wealthy.

On International Mother’s Day, CXOToday caught up with four successful entrepreneurs asking them the best piece of advice they received from their Mothers and here’s what they had to say.

“My mom is the most simple principled person I know in the world. One piece of her guidance has stuck with me - constantly focus on giving back to the world and the people you interact with all the means you have, don’t really focus on your own needs - they will automatically get taken care of.” - Varun Khaitan, Co-founder, UrbanClap
“My mother has a tremendous capacity to face any eventuality – an admirable quality that I have tried to imbibe to the best of my abilities. No matter what odds she faces, she remains calm and patient. This very quality has helped her withstand very tough times and come out victorious. Her other qualities which have influenced me are her inherent benevolence and her innate belief in giving second chances to people.
A lot of people usually give one chance to others but I have seen my mother trusting people for longer times and giving them enough opportunities to live up. I truly believe these are great traits to exemplify in today’s world and I do all I can to emulate her in this regard.” - Vishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.com.
“Anyone can survive but it takes more to make life worth living was something that my mother personified. A strong woman with a zeal to live life to the fullest, a teacher by profession, she nurtured numerous young minds. Her priceless teaching to me was “People are strength”.
It is this very advice which went on to become the core USP of my entrepreneurial venture where it is all about catering to the needs of the people, services rendered to the people and valuing the people who are a part of my venture; be it my clients or my employees.” - Sunil Gupta, Founder & Director, ExportersIndia.com
My mother always guided me to be grounded and never forget the humble background I come from. She always guided me no matter how successful you become but always remember the struggles you have faced as those are the real lessons of life. My mother is my biggest motivation and my teacher wherever I stand today is because of her.
She always taught me to do good and good will happen to me as what goes around comes around. These golden words of hers I always keep in my mind and try to improve myself everyday.” - Gurinder Singh Bhatti, Chairman & Managing Director, ESS Global