Effective leadership can make the difference for any organization, turning difficulties into successes and raising the bar for achievement. While many leaders focus intently on how to produce more output and results from those they are charged with directing, it can also pay to take a significantly wider view of things. As a new blog post linked from the Jim Tsokanos profile page at Facebook points out, leaders who help employees achieve better, stronger work-life balance can thereby pave the way for some of the most impressive outcomes of all.
This take is, it must be admitted, something of a departure from the usual ones. Where many leadership experts insist that motivation and inspiration are what matter the most, a few others are starting to see light of a different kind. Workers who take their careers not to be ends in and of themselves but as important parts of well-balanced lives tend, in the final analysis, to be the most productive and effective of all. Leaders who are capable of encouraging these kinds of perspectives therefore often end up being some of the highest achievers, as well.
This also sometimes turns out to be a lot simpler than might be supposed. One key concept that leaders need to push is the importance of downtime, with separation from the concerns and pressures of work having a rehabilitative, energizing effect from which anyone will benefit. That can be challenging to drive home, particularly when deadlines loom and other priorities compete for the attention of workers, but being insistent enough will tend to produce results.
Another way, according to the new blog post, by which leaders can make a difference is by striving to be as accommodating and flexible as possible. Workers who are given choices that can help them achieve more balance will tend to arrive at arrangements that make the most sense for them. Whether that means working from home on a fairly regular basis or clocking out early to see to some family obligations, employees whose leaders enable them to seek out more balance will tend to do so naturally. For leaders who make the effort, the rewards will almost always follow in the form of increased productivity, loyalty, and job satisfaction among workers.