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Wharton School Press  |  March 10, 2020

A Leadership Approach for Working Parents

New Book Shows Parents How to Lead More Purposeful Lives at Work, at Home, and Beyond

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FriedmanWestring10221_300dpiBeing a working parent is a constantly evolving job.

Gone are the norms of the 9-to-5 workplace, homemade family dinners every night, and weekends that are distinct and separate from the workweek.

In this increasingly fast-paced world, parents can lose track of who they are and what really matters most. But in Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life, authors Stewart D. Friedman and Alyssa F. Westring argue that it is possible for parents to harness the science of leadership to thrive in all aspects of their lives. Parents Who Lead was published Tuesday by Harvard Business Review Press.

Friedman and Westring, both renowned organizational psychologists, offer a method that aims to help parents achieve more sense of purpose and control in all aspects of their lives. The authors introduce reimagined principles from Total Leadership, the bestselling book from Friedman, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School who founded Wharton’s Leadership Program and its Work/Life Integration Project.

The authors reject the myth of a “balance” and instead examine the concept of the “four-way win,” explaining how to chase improved performance in different facets of life by creating more synchronization at work, at home, in the community, and in the private realm.

“The skills that define great leaders at work are surprisingly relevant to becoming a great parent at home,” says Wharton professor Adam Grant, the New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take. “This book won’t just help you identify those skills—it’s a step-by-step guide for putting them into practice.”

To learn more, visit Parents Who Lead.

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