24 Oct How female leaders find success and happines
What makes women happy? Looking at scads of data, some pundits say: “nothing.” On a personal journey since turning the fated 50, and helped by a talented team at McKinsey, I also pursued the answer. Five years later our research has helped us begin to understand the secret sauce: why most successful women are not only great at work, but also great in life.
We’ve spent those five years talking to more than 100 remarkable women around the world who’ve sustained, for the most part, families, as well as leadership careers in fields from business to orchestra conducting to espionage_ã”and who usually wake up every morning profoundly content with the choices they’ve made. Out of those interviews and reams of other research, we’ve found five practices that make all the difference when combined, and the good news is these factors are all under our control.
One of the crucial ways the amazing women we met stand out from the crowd is that they do things they find meaningful. Some women know from a young age what makes them happy, and pursue it from early on, such as a Nigerian lawyer who as a child was inspired by a TV show and never wavered until she founded her own law firm.
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