A systematic approach to improving performance and well-being in all parts of life by creating greater harmony among them.

Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

Based on decades of research and practice at Wharton and worldwide, Total Leadership is a proven method for creating sustainable change as a leader in all parts of life. It’s designed for people at any level or career stage. You explore what and who matter most and then innovate by pursuing real-world experiments to produce “four-way wins,” demonstrable results that are meaningful not only for your work, your family, your community, or your private self (mind, body, spirit), but for all these different domains. Forget “balance” and learn how to find harmony and better performance, throughout life.


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Stew Friedman        

Stew Friedman, an award-winning Wharton professor and bestselling author, founded Wharton’s Leadership Program and its Work/Life Integration Project in 1991. He launched Total Leadership in 2000 while on leave from Wharton, serving as the senior executive at Ford Motor in charge of leadership development globally. Thinkers50 named him the world’s #1 thinker in the field of talent and the Families and Work Institute gave him its coveted Work Life Legacy Award. He is a leading voice for change in social and corporate policy to bring greater harmony between work and the rest of life. Stew earns accolades internationally as an engaging speaker and hosts a popular weekly radio show on SiriusXM.

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Stew's Bestselling Books

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Total Leadership:
Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life.

Friedman’s award-winning bestseller provides the tools for improving performance at work, at home, in the community, and for yourself. Learn the practical, theory-driven principles that help you, no matter what your occupation, become a better leader and have a richer life. Available in many languages, it shows individuals how to find clearer purpose, strengthen key relationships, and gain support for achieving success and businesses how to develop leaders while enhancing productivity, engagement, and well-being.  Learn More

Leading the Life You Want:
Skills for Integrating Work and Life

Friedman’s second bestseller hones in on the 18 critical skills for creating harmony among different parts of life and illustrates how they were learned by six admirable (though imperfect) people, who show that, contrary to common wisdom, significant public success is accomplished not at the expense of the rest of life, but as the result of meaningful engagement in all parts. Includes evidence-based exercises anyone can use. Learn More

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On SiriusXM’s Wharton Business Radio, Tuesdays 7 PM Eastern and Free Podcast

Ep 65. Jeffrey Pfeffer: Is Your Work Killing You?

Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and the author of the bold and critically important 2018 book,... Listen Now

Ep 64. Jessica Bennett: Feminist Fight Club

Jessica Bennett is gender editor at The New York Times, where she works to expand global coverage of women and gender across platforms. She is author of Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival... Listen Now

Ep 63. Ellen Galinsky: Making Life Better for Parents and...

Ellen Gallinsky is the Chief Science Officer at the Bezos Family Foundation where she also serves as executive director of a program called Mind in the Making. In addition, she’s Senior... Listen Now

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