“You can be a great leader and also have a life.”

Says one of the feature articles in the December Harvard Business Review.

I could not agree more. In fact, I’d argue the title of the article could be: “in order to be a great leader, you must have a life.” This article addresses one of the greatest leadership challenges I see. All too often, leaders make incredibly high degrees of personal sacrifice for the sake of their work. The results can have an incredible, negative domino effect in their organizations.

Though I prefer the phrase “work/life integration” over “work/life balance” (balance is a precarious myth…), I love that this article highlighted stories of leaders who have found new and creative ways of leading, living and working.

Two of my personal favorite points:

  • “When you get leaders to behave differently, it sends a signal to the rest of the organization that they can behave differently, too.” (True for any behavior or mindset you want to see in your organization.)
  • “So perhaps, if we are to change, what we need are fewer breathless articles about inhuman and insane CEO schedules that ignore the costs to health, families, and ultimately, innovation and business productivity.”

You can find the article here: “To be a great leader, you must also have a life.”

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