Focused fun for leaders
by Clair Leitney Consultant
How do you maintain balance between work and family? According to Dr. Stewart Friedman ( HBR 2014), “in an age of constant communication and economic pressure, everyone is struggling to have meaningful work, domestic bliss, community engagement, and a satisfying inner life” (p 112). Do you believe people can have it all? New generation research is indicating that the millennials (people born between 1980-2000) are making the decision not to have children because of the busy work life and the belief that one is not able to have both work and family life at the same time. Friedman (2014) indicates that the idea of balancing work and life is not the solution. In fact as I found out when having to write my essays into psychology, he states that balance is a misguided metaphor that makes people believe there must be a trade-off among all the aspects of one’s life.
Instead of balancing, Dr. Friedman (2014) believes that people should work toward integrating performance in all dimensions of life. He indicates that integration can be accomplished through the journey toward improvement in four dimensions: work or school, home or family, community, and self. To achieve integration within these four dimensions, the author offers three key principles. In order to adhere to the three key principal for integration , one must maintain a certain level of leadership skills and principles.
The first key principle to integration is the ability to be real. The author explains that in order to be real, leaders must focus on being authentic and clarifying what is important to them. In order to accomplish this, one must always know what is important, consistently adhere to core values, align actions to the core values and goals, express values to others through use of stories, envision the future and the legacy one will leave behind, and hold oneself accountable.
The second key principle to integration is the ability to be whole. The author states that a leader must always act with integrity by understanding that all the roles one plays in life makes up the whole person. This principle requires the leader to encourage others to see themselves and others the same…as whole people. In order to be whole, the leader must make sure that expectations are clear, focus on helping others, network to create a support system, use all resources possible, manage boundaries, and integrate all activities.
Thirdly, a leader must be innovative. Effective leaders must act with creativity in recognizing more ways to integrate the four areas of life. In order to be innovative, the leader must stay focused on results, manage conflicts, challenge the status quo, seek new ways of solving problems, embrace change, and create cultures of innovation.
In order to “have it all,” developing the characteristics of a Servant Leader may be helpful. While not leader is perfect in all aspects of life, the search for constant focused fun will create a leader who is able to reach goals faster and easier. Continued education and professional development will allow leaders to be up to date with knowledge that will help organizations achieve goals and experience success. In order to improve your leadership skills, consider the tips that follow:
· Read, read, read
· Review your core values
· Model the behavior you want to see in others
· Never stop learning
Baggerly-Hinojosa (2010). Are You a 10? USA: Lulu Publishers.Friedman, S (2014) Managing yourself: work+home+community+self. Harvard Business Review, September. Harvard Business School: MA.
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