In our world of rapid change, balancing your business, career, relationships, finances, and even time can resemble a juggling act. Behaviors that support personal success and encourage a broader perspective can easily drop by the wayside as you barrel through real and perceived commitments and obligations. Boundaries, priorities, and balance can start sounding like foreign words.
And then, just when you’ve almost mastered the sidestroke, backstroke, and whatever else you need to stay afloat, someone (yet again) brings up the sinking question:
Of course, it’s the wrong question.
It’s a question that challenges you to do it all (or at least try), regardless of what you already have, and it has negative impacts for all of us — men and women — by impacting our relationships, communities, and ways of interacting. It contributes to behaviors that undermine strong leadership, advancement, confidence, balance, and well-being. It leads us to zone out. At a time when worker engagement has stagnated at just 30 percent (according to Gallup), and poor leadership appears to sit at the heart of the problem, why are we pre-occupied with anyone having it all?
Isn’t it time we focus on behaviors that support effective and empowering leadership?
This blog encourages you to define which part of “it all” is most important to you, then use that definition to shape an authentic leadership style.
It examines the priorities and structures that facilitate strong leadership. It promotes behaviors that address assertiveness, connection, communication, boundaries, clarity, and flexibility. Most importantly, it asks you to engage, recognizing that, if we’re disconnecting at work, we’re numbing out at home too.
This blog challenges and encourages you to identify behaviors that limit your advancement. The cracked glass ceiling of course refers to barriers to women in the workplace, but gentlemen, saddle up – you’re in for this ride, too. That glass ceiling, cracked or not, isn’t doing any of us any good, so it’s time for all of us to chuck the beliefs, perceptions, stories, and habits that hold us back. Change words, thoughts, and patterns that inhibit your success. Strengthen your communication. Create space for passion and interests. Live and lead.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s turn that glass ceiling into sand. Come on, let’s get started . . .