As we’ve discussed this month, encouraging a healthy mix of attention to work and other areas of life is a key leadership skill. While “balance” means different things to different people, paying attention to the subject is critical for personal and organizational health. Here are a couple of articles from Harvard Business Review that provided useful tips.
First, a recent study, Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life, asked senior leaders how they balance work and life priorities. Tips included:
- Define what balance looks like for you and set personal goals
- Manage technology; decide when, where, and how you will be available for work
- Build support networks
- Be selective about travel and relocation opportunities
- Collaborate with your partner
On the flip side, Help Your Overwhelmed, Stressed-Out Team provided specific strategies to help leaders support their staff.
- Make sure everyone understands the unique contribution the team makes to the organization’s mission and goals
- Evaluate workloads to be sure team members are able to focus on the highest priority areas
- Encourage team members to schedule at least an hour each day of uninterrupted time to focus on strategic work
- Carefully assess meetings and ensure they have a clear purpose and that the right people attend
- Set boundaries about after-hours work, including responding to email
- Lead by example
As leaders, we set the norms for ourselves and those we work with. How are you supporting balance for yourself and your staff?
Dee Anne Bonebright