How Focused Leaders Get Unbelievably Strong Work/Life Balance

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Do the words “leadership” and “balance” sound like opposites to you? You’re in good company.

Many leaders desire balance, but I often hear how hard it is for them to “find it.” Usually, the argument is that it is “probably impossible since leaders are required to (___ fill-in-the-blank___). Is that you?

1 – Leading Thought

Finding balance is a misnomer. You don’t find balance. You manage and maintain it. (Corinna Hagen) Click To Tweet

2 – Your Choice: How Leaders Create Balance

Here’s your executive summary of the steps. For more detail, let’s talk

  1. Stop energy-draining habits and mindsets. Do a “busy-detox” and stop drinking the “busy” Kool-Aid where you pride yourself in being busy and being part of the game of “who’s the busiest leader on the team?” Being busy is a form of laziness because productivity may lead to busyness, but busyness doesn’t necessarily lead to productivity. Be diligent in your prioritization and planning. Leave the “proud-to-be-busy” club. If you can produce results in half the time, you can pride yourself on your skillset while enjoying family time or tee time.
  2. Stop “Workationing.” This is otherwise known as the common practice of working from vacation to vacation and during your vacation. It bears the question of what makes a vacation different from work. Learn to delegate. Learn to be present (being fully at work or fully at home or on vacation) so all parties get the best of you.
  3. Stop procrastinating. Find out why you do it. As long as you push things to the very end, you’ll create stress and imbalance when the proverbial “11th hour” arrives. 
  4. Assess your balance in four key areas to maintain balance: 
    1. Physical. This includes what you need to be energized.
    2. Emotional/Relational. This includes your emotional/relational needs and the demands of others.
    3. Spiritual. This refers to the needs of your soul, your inner being. 
    4. Mental. This refers to your mind. Leaders face a lot of information and have to process a lot of data to make decisions. It can get create exhaustion. What can you adjust to have what you need and less “data overload” from too much noise and little signal?
  5. Define your balance targets. What does your ideal look like?
  6. Guard your balance. Knowing your targets, pursue and protect them. There will always be people and needs competing for your time and attention. Be clear about your priorities so you can decide accordingly. 
  7. Enlist a partner/helper. A partner can help you, in the beginning, to ensure you can reach your balance goal until you get the hang of it. This may be your spouse, an accountability partner, or your personal assistant. 

3 – Way to Grow!

Take some time this week to define clear balance targets and establish boundaries around them. An excellent way to start this is by using the time blocking method. Here are more resources on the topic of balance. Some of the items in the list include sponsored links:

  • Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity (video course) – 41 min.
  • How to Set Boundaries and Protect Your Time (video course) – 21 min.
  • How to Slow Down and Be More Productive (video course) – 26 min.
  • Boundaries for Leaders (book) – 275 pages

Here’s to leading with leading choices!


Leading Choices covers three parts in each edition: 
1    A key insight
2    A Choice
3    An Action or Resources

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