Dr. Leen Kawas on How Her Responsibilities as a Mom Taught Her to Be a Better Leader

Dr. Leen Kawas says that being a mother is ultimately empowering for leaders.

It improves your focus, productivity, and compassion.

It teaches you to be more balanced, both in how you spend your time and how you treat people.

As the co-founder of Athira Pharma (formerly M3 Biotechnology), this successful entrepreneur delves into why she’s become so much better at her job by being there for her children.

Also read: Leen Kawas, Athira Pharma Inc: Profile and Biography – Bloomberg Markets

The Grit Behind the Results 

Both mothers and leaders share a trajectory in their time on the job.

Both must be gritty enough to power through difficult times, standing strong against pressure and keeping their wits about them in a crisis.

For the casual observer, they can make this delicate equilibrium look easy, but it’s the persistence of the highest order.

Smarter Time Management 

When it comes down to it, everything that you do requires some type of time management.

Mothers must learn how to be there for their kids, which makes it an absolute necessity for them to manage every minute a little better than the last.

For Leen Kawas, this extended to her time on the job too.

She had to find a way to be present, so she could navigate her way through the challenge at hand and still save some energy for the next one on the horizon.

Dr. Kawas believes that there are no magic words for mothers or leaders.

Both roles require the kind of motivation that’s not always easy to come by.

For her part, she wants her kids to be proud of her and she wants to give them something to aspire to.

Whether she’s at home or at work, she always keeps this in mind.

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