Integrating the Multiple Roles of the CEO
CEOs are human beings. They occupy multiple roles in life, including spouse/life partner, parent, caregiver, citizen, and enterprise leader. Unfortunately, the reality is that these roles put values in tension with each other in ways that can be difficult to reconcile — sometimes making it hard to live with yourself.
Authentic leadership requires an honest and open reckoning with the interior conflicts and the exterior choices the CEO role demands — the brutal truths of a business facing competition (cost cutting, layoffs, etc.), dealing with the risks emerging in the macro-environment (reverse globalization, climate change, great power conflicts, energy crises, VUCA), generational changes in the employment contract (work from anywhere, support for social identity groups, social justice, and intersectionality), disruption across business and society