New book: Leading from home
It aimed to do three things: to challenge assumptions about work; to change leadership behaviours and attitudes; and to inspire leaders to think differently about the future.
One of the key things that leaders need to learn is empathy. They need to understand that imposing work on home and family lives is not easy. There are babies that need feeding, toddlers that demand attention, kids that need supervision with their schoolwork, dogs that need walking or elderly parents that require support.
The final section of the book looks to the future. It tries to help leaders think beyond what’s immediately in front. Rather than focus on where work is carried out, they should question what work actually is. The danger is that too many leaders are trying to build on the legacy of the past, fighting the last war, rather than trying to build afresh.