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It’s tempting to think the only way to get to the top is to work all the time. But you can be an effective leader and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
o It all starts with your mindset. Stop thinking of yourself as someone who’s willing to do whatever the job asks, and start thinking of yourself as someone who does great work and also has a life outside of it.
o Plan how you’ll set aside and prioritize time for family, friends, and hobbies; consider where you have flexibility and where you need more of it.
o To do this, take a hard look at your company’s culture. Does your team measure success by how long people spend at the office, or by whether they get their tasks done on time?
If it’s the former, something needs to change — and you may need to lead that change. If it’s the latter, think about what’s stopping you from changing how you spend your time.
Adapted from “You Can Be a Great Leader and Also Have a Life,” by Brigid Schulte
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