We live in a world where boundaries between work and personal life are an illusion. Work has come into our private life just as much as personal stuff has come into the working day. We have to work hard, maybe harder than before, to be successful but that’s just the way it is. We live in a competitive world and the basic question should be ‘if I live in this world, do I want to make the best of it and if yes, how do I do it?’
A lot of people spend large amounts of energy fighting the inevitable instead of learning how to adapt, enjoy and live a rich and fulfilling life under these circumstances. We are just starting to learn how to blend work and life and give each the attention it needs at the moment it needs it, without compromise. That means the old paradigm of ‘work between 8 and 6 and the rest is personal time’ has already been revaluated.
We have to get better at making choices which is an essential skill, options being as limitless as they are. Therefore I believe it should be the focus of leaders to support people in developing the self-confidence to make those choices and to deal with the consequences. And, for that matter, choices should not be between a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ but rather between a ‘this’ or a ‘that’.
The walls of hierarchy are coming down rapidly. Not only because we need the autonomy to make fast decisions, reacting to changing circumstances. But also, because we will not be physically around all the time to be supervised. Leaders face the challenge of learning how to let go, give trust, give advice and focus on impact rather than on input or busyness.
Those of us who adapt to the challenges of today know what they want out of life. They are self-confident, assertive and have a clear picture of what they can and cannot deliver. They possess the personal leadership to stand up for that. These are the people that have overcome their busyness and inspire others with their impact.