Does being balanced pay off?

For many aspiring to positions of leadership, there seems an irreconcilable trade-off: your career/work, or having a life.

In past, the general opinion was that having a life was something that a leader needed to sacrifice in order to get to where they could make a difference. More recent research, however, highlights that having appropriate work-life balance actually is part of what makes a leader great, and that it actually is an essential part of advancing one's leadership career.

Drawing upon 360-degree assessments completed by individuals in their leadership programs, the Centre for Creative Leadership has found that the most effective leaders actually have a work-life balance score roughly sixteen per cent higher than less effective colleagues.

The numbers are important in challenging the assumption that leadership is about getting to the end point, rather than how the leadership journey takes place.