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By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Achieving work-life balance: Management Tips

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Leaders often feel lonely. That might surprise many of you, as we associate leadership with status, power, fun, and success.

But loneliness is almost inevitable among leaders, since there are fewer and fewer people working at each successively higher level in an organization. Leaders also make decisions that affect those below them, which can create a divide and further the feeling of isolation.

But loneliness doesn’t have to be a significant problem in your professional life. My first video this week will help explain why.

Having a healthy work life is part of a larger equation that includes your home life; together they contribute to what’s commonly called work-life balance. Workers in the United States tend to work long hours compared to professionals in many other industrialized countries, and it’s important to learn how to cope with that reality.

Professional success often comes at a terrible price: a decrease in the quality of one’s home life. While this type of imbalance is always a possibility, it doesn’t have to become a reality. My second tip this week will get you thinking about how you might achieve a better work-life balance—and enjoy success both at your job and in your personal life.

In the end, intelligence and work ethic can only get you so far. For true success, you also need to be thoughtful about how your work fits into the bigger picture of your life. Watch this week’s videos to learn how you can strike a healthy work-life balance, and check back next week for more Management Tips.

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