You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. – Heather Schuck
A few years back I listened to Shonda Rhimes as she shared the commencement speech at Dartmouth. In this 25 minute speech she attempts to answer the question every leader is asking, “how do you do it all?” She concluded with, “you don’t.” If Shonda Rhimes is rocking and receiving an award for her latest show, then she is not at home working on homework with her three daughters, if she is at home playing with her girls, she is not on the set seeing a scene filmed. When you are succeeding in one facet of your life, you are inevitably failing in the others.
This life, being a working individual and a parent or spouse, is a trade-off. One thing I believe most leaders miss is decision-making. However, it does not lie in the inability to make them, but the lack of control most leaders admit to feeling when faced with them. No one is “doing it all” perfectly but when leaders decide they have control over their priorities they begin to craft their own existence.
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I am here to tell you, you hold the power to decide. You can choose family first, you can also choose work. You build an environment where your spouse and children know that they are of the utmost importance but you also go work each day in a place where you are happy and passionate so that you can come home feeling fulfilled.
It is critically important as a leader to prioritize family while keeping work important, otherwise we will develop a culture of sad, unhappy, unproductive people who are not living their best life. Work is tough enough without the feeling of missing out on your life.
Questions: How are you empowering your team to live their best life?