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The Leadership Challenge

Being successful in our chosen fields—whether in business, health care, education, athletics, or any other profession—requires a devotion and love for a career that makes balancing professional passion and commitment with family passion and commitment particularly challenging. Whether we aspire to success or have been successful for some time, the dilemma of meeting the time demands in an increasingly competitive market makes the dilemma of juggling work and family especially poignant.

Success does complicate life by adding many demands in our career lives: We have employees, customers, and suppliers to consider, in addition to bosses. The demands of all these stakeholders add stress. There are likely to be more meetings, more travel, more negotiations, more conflict, and more need for conflict resolution. There are requirements of public appearances, speaking engagements, and public relations. There are the additional temptations of power, wealth, position, and status if we are successful, and to be successful, we devote more time. Then there’s less time for our families and more risk of getting badly out of balance.


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