Sarah Smith, senior consultant at CEGOS, is a leadership coach and RICS faculty member. In the article below she references an alternative approach to managing time in order to be an effective leader whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
From my experience of coaching and working with senior leaders, managing time is an issue that arises time and time again; how to balance the demands on your time, continue to grow and develop as a leader and do the things that matter most to you. It is often said that the most important factor in successful leadership is actually stamina! The following article, published by Harvard Business Review, addresses this challenge from a different perspective. Instead of thinking about ‘how we manage our time’ it shifts our focus to ask ‘how we manage our energy’ and suggests that by addressing this across our organisations we can find a more productive way of working.
Steve Wanner is a highly respected 37-year-old partner at Ernst & Young, married with four young children. When we met him a year ago, he was working 12- to 14-hour days, felt perpetually exhausted, and found it difficult to fully engage with his family in the evenings, which left him feeling guilty and dissatisfied. He slept poorly, made no time to exercise, and seldom ate healthy meals, instead grabbing a bite to eat on the run or while working at his desk…..Continue reading here.
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