Work-life balance is a running theme in this hectic world, but also an elusive goal. The phrase is plastered everywhere as people aspire to achieve ideal harmony between family life and professional career.
The demands of both, however, make it difficult to pull off work-life balance, especially for anyone in a leadership position – and maybe there’s a good reason for that.
“Balance is bull—-,” says Sue Hawkes, a leadership expert and author of Chasing Perfection- Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success. “A perfect work-life balance is not possible for those in leadership positions. It’s more useful to strive for work-life integration, where you not only bring your work home, but also bring your home to work. “
In debunking the balance theme, Hawkes gives three tips for leaders to help them accept and maximize an imbalanced schedule:
“There will never be a 50-50 balance,” Hawkes says, “but you are still able to fit in all of the things that are important to you by slowing down, choosing what to say yes and no to and accepting help.”