In his new book, Friedman identifies critical skills for leading an authentic and balanced life, and illustrates them through the compelling stories of six remarkable high profile people. He also shows how to develop and apply each skill through a series of exercises anyone can use.
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
For nearly thirty years, my life's work has been to help people like you find ways to bring the often warring aspects of life into greater harmony." Stew Friedman, from Leading the Life You Want
You're busy trying to lead a full" life. But does it really feel fullor are you stretched too thin? Enter Stew Friedman, Wharton professor, adviser to leaders across the globe, and 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 humanitythe 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 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 skillsfor being real, being whole, and being innovativethat produce a sense of purpose, coherence, and optimism.
Based on interviews and research, their stories paint a vivid picture of how six very different leaders use these skills to act with authenticity, integrity, and creativityand they prove that significant public success is accomplished not at the expense of the rest of life, but as the result of meaningful engagement in all its parts . With dozens of practical exercises for strengthening these skills, curated from the latest research in organizational psychology and related fields, this book will inspire you, inform you, and instruct you on how to take realistic steps now toward leading the life you truly want.
Included in Forbes Eight Noteworthy Books of 2014" list.
One of the Best Leadership Books of the Year" Inc.
Friedman sets out tests and suggestions for developing skills for integrating work and the rest of life...the message...is worth exploring." Financial Times
In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman's Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards... Friedman [now] builds on his previous work by presenting the stories of six well-known personalities who exemplify the well-integrated life... Then, in the second half of the book, which acts as a workbook complete with exercises, uses their successes and struggles, as points of reference as he teaches us how to develop the necessary skills." Jack Covert, 800 CEO READ
Friedman's accessible book is a significant entry in the work/life balance category." Publishers Weekly
Recommended Reading for Creative Leaders" FORBES.com
In his new book Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life , [Friedman] explores the idea that truly winning people over starts with knowing what you care about, and then being able to express that in ways other people can relate to...'" Laura Vanderkam, Fast Company
Friedman gives you tools to help you craft your own approach... a great starting point to learn about leading the life you want." Stephanie Denning, FORBES
In Leading the Life You Want , Stewart Friedman masterfully weaves together six life narratives to show exactly how any of us can live a more richly integrated, meaningful and satisfying life with others." Kare Anderson, The Huffington Post
In his newest book, Leading the Life You Want , Friedman explores the skills you need to be a leader, how to develop them, and how to devote your life to your work without losing everything that's important to you." Will Yakowicz, Inc.
"According to this Wharton processor, the 'work/life balance' model is unrealistic. Rather than the two jostling for primacy, he advocates integrating work, home, community and private self." Qantas - The Australia Way
"[Friedman's] conceptual framework provides a useful way of looking at the work-life issue. It holds out the hope that we don't have to make trade-offs between different parts of our lives; we can combine them." Coaching Today (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
It seems that everyone has an opinion on work/life balance these days, but Stewart D. Friedman's Leading the Life You Want isn't necessarily one of them. Well, it is, but it's also a lot more." Consulting Magazine
In Leading the Life You Want , [Friedman] profiles top leadersfrom Sheryl Sandberg to Michelle Obama, and Bruce Springsteen to former Bain & Co. CEO Tom Tierneyand tells their stories, explaining how their choices enable them to thrive in multiple realms of their lives." Dorie Clark, Forbes
Wharton professor Friedman, building on his excellent study, Total Leadership , uses examples ranging from Sheryl Sandberg to Bruce Springsteen to move from familiar calls to balance competing work and life commitments toward taking steps, instead, to integrate our passions and values across the domains of work, home, community, and the private self." David Slocum, Berlin School of Creative Leadership
Leading the Life You Want is an action-oriented book...Whether or not you are a Springsteen fan...the way it's written makes it a good resource that you can turn to time and again for inspiration when you find yourself stuck. Whatever your profession may be, keep a copy of Leading the Life You Want on your office desk or your bedside table." Legends of Springsteen (legendsofspringsteen.com)
Stewart Friedman... says the whole work-life balance goal is faul
Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been teaching at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Programinitiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership coursesand the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. Stew served in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2001 he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford, as the senior executive for leadership development. Stew is the author of Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital, 2008) and Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014). The Total Leadership program is used worldwide, including by the 57,000+ students in Stew's recent Coursera MOOC. He advises many organizations, gives high-energy keynotes, and is an award-winning teacher. The New York Times cited the rock star adoration" he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America's twenty-five most influential men to have made things better for working parents, and by Thinkers50 as one of the world's top fifty business thinkers." The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award. Follow him on Twitter @StewFriedman and tune in to his show, Work and Life , on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School , Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (EST).