One Saturday afternoon in 2007, I was working on the previous edition of this chapter on integrating your life. Keely, my 9-year-old, came up to me and asked what I was doing. When I told her, she paused, then grabbed me and said, “I am bored, and you're coming with me as you need to live it versus just writing about it.”
—Nick Craig (coauthor)
To lead an integrated life is to bring together all major elements of your personal life and your professional life so that you can be the same person everywhere, all the time—perhaps as good a definition of being authentic as there is.
After working with thousands of very successful leaders from around the world, we have witnessed how challenging it is to create an integrated ...