The Power of the Personal

People with strong personal livesdo better at work too.

By PT Staff, published on September 1, 1993 - last reviewed on January 23, 2015

Message to organizations: People with rich personal lives are more
productive and satisfied with their work than those on a fast track to

Seems there are lessons to be learned from the world outside one's
career path--such as trust and cooperation--that carry over into work
life. More important, a rich personal life tends to be an indicator of an
underlying approach to oneself and the world--an attunement to the unique
visions, values, and gifts of one's true self rather than an externally
derived ideal image of the kind of person one should be.

"There are more sources of self-esteem and fulfillment open to
managers who lead a well-rounded lifestyle," claims Joan Kofodimos,
author of Balancing Act--How Managers Can Integrate Successful Careers
and Fulfilling Personal Lives (Jossey Bass, 1993). This helps them be
more resilient when encountering setbacks at work.

"In addition, a person who is attuned to his or her deepest
personal aspirations, values, and purpose is more likely to make choices
that fit those aspirations rather than those that satisfy external
pressures. And he or she is likely to have a broader repertoire of
leadership behaviors which are in short supply in today's
organizations--such as concern with coworkers' needs, a desire to
collaborate, and the ability to relinquish control.

"They will also be less concerned with creating perceptions of
effective performance and more concerned with operating with