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Leadership Rules: 50 Timeless Lessons For Leaders by Jo Owen

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CHAPTER 16

WORK–LIFE BALANCE

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How many leaders or other top professionals have you met who hate their job and are cynical about what they do? Such people may exist, but mostly people vote with their feet. If they dislike something, they move. Most leaders may ritually grumble about hard work or jet lag, but that is mainly to boast about how hard they work and how far they travel. In practice, most leaders and most top professionals are addicted to what they do. CEOs want to give up as rarely as top footballers or musicians want to retire.

Throughout history, top leaders have tended towards 24/7 working. This is true in every traditional society, ...

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