Often people ask me how to achieve balance. I have learned to answer that you never have balance – because I have stopped fooling myself that you do. You make choices on what you do and what you don’t. Harvard Business Review just published an interesting study on this subject in their March magazine, and I encourage all to review, reflect, and decide what works best for you.
The research indicates that leaders with the best results do not rely on only one leadership style; they use most of them in a given week—seamlessly and in different measure—depending on the business situation. Imagine the styles, then, as the array of clubs in a golf pro’s bag. Over the course of a game, the pro picks and chooses clubs based on the demands of the shot. Sometimes he has to ponder his selection, but usually it is automatic. The pro senses the challenge ahead, swiftly pulls out the right tool, and elegantly puts it to work. That’s how high-impact leaders operate, too.