In Chapter Two, we described how current organizational realities affect the availability of leadership opportunities, the demands on leaders, views on leadership, and the costs of leading. In this chapter, we look at personal realities and expectations that surround and influence your work as a leader. Roles, responsibilities, and experiences from your personal life inform what kind of leader you want to be, how much time and energy you dedicate to leadership, and what roles you might accept or decline. Many lessons you learn in your personal life can transfer to your work as a leader. However, conflict between the priorities of work and home can often lead to drift or prevent you from ...

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