Imagining a different way to work and live also means adopting a change mindset that recognises both family and work are important.

As a Business Owner and Leader, the urge and desire to build a successful and stainable business and maintain a quality private family life can lead to bad habits with serious consequences.  

Intense work styles are often celebrated and recognised as the only way to be successful and be a super-productive leader. Indeed, surveys show that managers and executives describe the “ideal worker” as someone with no personal life or caregiving responsibilities. And a majority of leaders themselves — the ones who set the tone for organisations and model behaviour for everyone else — think work-life balance is “at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth.” 

But does it have to be that way?

As a business owner or leader, what would you do with an extra 8 hours per week for your own time?

For Business Owners and Leaders to stand up to status quo pressures and make work-life balance a priority, they need to cultivate skills around three relationships: learning to work differently with their teams at work, making a plan with their families to put home and family first, and shifting their mindsets to not only believe change is truly possible, but to permit themselves to try, and speak up about it.  

Read the full HBR article here.