The Essential Guide to Leadership

The Essential Guide to Leadership will teach you how to be a better leader and have a richer life. This book is going to change your life to better.

The Essential Guide to Leadership

Life’s a zero-sum game, right? The more you strive to win in one dimension (e.g., your work), the more the other three dimensions (yourself, your home, and your community) must lose. Not according to Friedman. You don’t have to make trade-offs among life’s domains. Nor should you: trading off can leave you feeling exhausted, unfulfilled, or isolated. And it hurts the people you care about most.

To excel in all dimensions of life, use Friedman’s Total Leadership process. First, articulate who and what matters most in your life. Then experiment with small changes that enhance your satisfaction and performance in all four domains. For example, exercising three mornings a week gives you more energy for work and improves your self-esteem and health, which makes you a better parent and friend.

Friedman’s research suggests that people who focus on the concept of Total Leadership have a 20%–39% increase in satisfaction in all life domains, and a 9% improvement in job performance—even while working shorter weeks.


Traditional thinking pits work and the rest of our lives against each other. But taking smart steps to integrate work, home, community, and self will make you a more productive leader and a more fulfilled person.

The Essential Guide to Leadership

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