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4 Leadership Lessons From Marissa Mayer's Surprise Rise

4. Work-life integration among top brass is gaining momentum.

Nancy Mellard, head of the CBIZ Women's Advantage, a professional development program for women, says Mayer's appointment -- and the fact that the position is so high-profile -- has opened the floodgates for debate about work-life balance.

"She's not trying to find balance, I think she is trying to find integration of both her personal and professional lives," Mellard says. "We try to set ourselves up for ultimate failure because our lives are not in balance. We should take what's important to us and integrate that in all the other important parts of our lives."

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The lesson to be learned from Mayer is to identify what's important -- in her case having a child as well as her career -- and integrate them. Essentially, the process Mayer is going through offers an opportunity for more women professionals to figure out a way to prioritize what is important in their lives.

And this example applies to anyone, regardless of gender. "Those who have identified clearly what their priorities in life are have found a way to integrate them," Mellard says.

-- Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.

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