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Leading the Life You Want

Online • December 16, 2014

Building on his 2008 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.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

You’re busy trying to lead a “full” life. But does it really feel full—or are you stretched too thin?
Stew Friedman, Wharton professor and adviser to leaders across the globe, is a passionate advocate of replacing the misguided metaphor of “work/life balance” with something more realistic and sustainable. If you’re seeking “balance” you’ll never achieve it, argues Friedman. The idea that “work” competes with “life” ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity—the 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 2008 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:

• Former Bain & Company CEO and Bridgespan co-founder Tom Tierney
• Facebook COO and bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg
• Nonprofit leader and US Navy SEAL Eric Greitens
• US First Lady Michelle Obama
• Soccer champion-turned-broadcaster Julie Foudy
• Renowned artist Bruce Springsteen

Each of these admirable (though surely imperfect) people exemplifies a set of skills—for being real, being whole, and being innovative—that produce a sense of purpos, coherence, and optimism.


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