ÂFor nearly thirty years, my lifeâs work has been to help people like you find ways to bring the often warring aspects of life into greater harmony.â Â Stew Friedman, from Leading the Life You Want
Youâre busy trying to lead a Âfullâ life. But does it really feel fullÂor are you stretched too thin? Enter Stew Friedman, Wharton professor, adviser to leaders across the globe, and passionate advocate of replacing the misguided metaphor of Âwork/life balanceâ with something more realistic and sustainable. If youâre seeking Âbalanceâ youâll never achieve it, argues Friedman. The idea that Âworkâ competes with Âlifeâ ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanityÂthe interaction of four domains: work, home, community, and the private self. The goal is to create harmony among them instead of thinking only in terms of trade-offs. It can be done.
Building on his national bestseller, Total Leadership, and on decades of research, teaching, and practice as both consultant and senior executive, Friedman identifies the critical skills for integrating work and the rest of life. He illustrates them through compelling original stories of these remarkable people:
Â former Bain & Company CEO and Bridgespan co-founder Tom Tierney
Â Facebook COO and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg
Â nonprofit leader and US Navy SEAL Eric Greitens
Â US First Lady Michelle Obama
Â soccer champion-turned-broadcaster Julie Foudy
Â renowned artist Bruce Springsteen
Each of these admirable (though surely imperfect) people exemplifies a set of skillsÂfor being real, being whole, and being innovativeÂthat produce a sense of purpose, coherence, and optimism.
Based on interviews and research, their stories paint a vivid picture of how six very different leaders use these skills to act with authenticity, integrity, and creativityÂand they prove that significant public success is accomplished not at the expense of the rest of life, but as the result of meaningful engagement in all its parts. With dozens of practical exercises for strengthening these skills, curated from the latest research in organizational psychology and related fields, this book will inspire you, inform you, and instruct you on how to take realistic steps now toward leading the life you truly want.
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