You’ve heard me talk about the power of positive influence in the workplace, but lately I find myself inspired by examples of a leader’s influence at home. I remember what it was like to feel pulled in both directions while in a fulfilling job. At one end was a fierce desire to perform at work, while the other end was a constant and heartfelt pull to be with my wife and kids.
Finding time to spend with your family when you have a demanding job is no less difficult than managing a positive rapport with your employees day in and day out. Before the pandemic, families might have paid the price more often because they tend to be the more flexible of the two demands on a leader’s time. Yet COVID-19 has allowed many executives to reach a more pleasant compromise.
Simon Sinek reflects on the lessons and silver linings of 2020, and what he believes we can do, together, to make 2021 a remarkable and inspiring year. Read here.
Crucibles of Leadership
A look back into the HBR archives for this piece from Warren Bennis and Robert J. Thomas, whose research found that true leadership in a person's ability to find meaning in and learn from adversity. Read at HBR.