Be a Better Leader Essay

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Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life by Stewart D. Friedman Traditional thinking pits work and the rest of our lives against each other. But taking smart steps to integrate work, home, community, and self will make you a more productive leader and a more fulfilled person. Read the HBR In Brief • Print • Email • Purchase Article • Text Size • Decrease Font Size • Increase Font Size • Email • Tweet This • Post to Facebook • Share on LinkedIn • Print FEATURED PRODUCTS HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself by Heike Bruch, Catherine McCarthy, Diane Coutu, et al. $24.95 Buy it now » HBR's 10 Must Reads: The Essentials by Clayton Christensen, Thomas Davenport, Peter Drucker, et al. $24.95 Buy it now » New CIO Leader: Setting the Agenda and Delivering Results (Hardcover) by Marianne Broadbent, Ellen Kitzis $42.95 Buy it now » In my research and coaching work over the past two decades, I have met many people who feel unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or stagnant because they are forsaking performance in one or more aspects of their lives. They aren’t bringing their leadership abilities to bear in all of life’s domains—work, home, community, and self (mind, body, and spirit). Of course, there will always be some tension among the different roles we play. But, contrary to the common wisdom, there’s no reason to assume that it’s a zero-sum game. It makes more sense to pursue excellent performance as a leader in all four domains—achieving what I call “four-way wins”—not trading off one for another but finding mutual value among them. This is the main idea in a program called Total Leadership that I teach at the Wharton School and at companies and workshops around the world. “Total” because it’s about the whole person and “Leadership” because it’s about creating sustainable change to benefit not just you but the most important people around
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