According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, “families dissolve at a greater rate in the United States than in any other major industrialized country.” I also have read that we “lead in the number of fathers absent from home.” For several years I have said we live in a fatherless generation.
Over the past seven years my jobs and volunteering have primarily been working with teens and young adults. One of the top discussions I have with young people is in the area of family. I have counseled and talked with hundreds of young people about their parents being divorced, lack of family structure, and their dysfunctional home life.
I believe a leader’s first responsibility is to lead their house well. To manage their time, energy, and priorities so they have a balanced life. A balance between work and home is essential to leading successfully.
It doesn’t matter if your business or team is seeing results and moving forward if your home life is falling apart. It’s not worth gaining more possessions or power if you lose your family in the process. The true measure of success can be found on how well you lead your home life. If we want to see and have true success then we must:
- Live a balanced life.
- Remember the most valuable things in our life.
- Make family a priority.
- Frequently disconnect from technology and distractions.
- Daily take time to communicate and connect with loved ones.
- Schedule family time.
Choosing to focus on family will lead to having a sustainable family life that will leak into all other areas. We should remember what Pat Riley says, “Sustain a family life for a long period of time then you can sustain success for a long period of time.”
Question: How do you balance between work and your family?