Crossing the line.
Work/Life Boundaries at Work
Okay, I need to say right away...I struggle with this. In my mind, I need to be available, on-call, and ready to jump into the action at any moment. That's what leaders do, right?
We've decided to forgo a large part of our personal life for the greater good of the organization!
We're role models of leadership effectiveness!
Well, I do love being all of those things...but I'm learning that I don't love being all of those things, all the time.
Boundaries at Home
Where is the balance point between committed leader, and committed person outside of work?
Where is that fine line that separates "dedicated" from hurtful intrusion?
Is there a sign I should be looking for; or, perhaps that sign comes in the form of a tangled plan that is influenced by our work?
There is no easy answer. One of the thrills of leadership, for me, is the action and drama and sudden intensity that requires a savvy response as the "world" is getting all worked up. But when that world is always worked up it can begin to negatively impact our personal lives.
That's not good...for us as people, or as leaders.
How About You
How do you find the 'life balance' that integrates all of your responsibilities? Where do you draw the lines that ensure you don't give too much of yourself away?
I'd love to hear from you.