Are you living according to your values? Do you wish you had a better balance in your life? According to Wharton professor Stew Friedman, the world’s leading work/life integration expert, “It starts with three principles: be real, be whole, and be innovative.” Friedman, the best-selling author of “Total Leadership” (Harvard Business, 2008) and “Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014), has spent years looking at leadership from a whole-person perspective, and even set a global benchmark for leadership development programs during his time at Ford.
He details these principles in his latest article for Harvard Business Review:
- “To be real is to act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important to you. It’s your answer to this basic question: What matters most to me? What do I truly value? Is it family? A creative pursuit? Spiritual growth?”
- “To be whole is to act with integrity by recognizing how the different parts of your life affect each other. This means identifying who matters most to you at work, at home, and in the community; understanding what you need from others, and what you have to give others; and seeing whether and how these needs mesh.”
- “To be innovative is to act creatively by experimenting with how things get done in ways that are good for you and for the people around you… at work, at home, in your community, and for yourself.”
A strong focus on these principles can guide your thinking and your actions to the full “integration” of your life, says Friedman. “Our research convinced me that anyone can practice these leadership skills and increase their chances of finding freedom and harmony.”