Ever wonder how to become a top leader in the business world, become the world's best dad and show devotion to your faith? Mitt Romney hasn't been the only successful business leader that has membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In fact, Jeff Benedict highlights eight Latter-day Saint business leaders in his book ""The Mormon Way of Doing Business." Following are a few ways they were able to balance it all, according to the book.
Clayton Christensen is "a leading Harvard Business School professor and consultant for Intel, Eli Lilly and Kodak," according to the book.
Setting aside family time was important to Christensen, even if it meant a lost job.
When he was a new employee to Boston Consulting Group, Christensen informed his project manager that he didn't work on Sundays or Saturdays.
"...his deepest source of happiness came from intimate relationships with his children and his wife and that he would be a better and more productive employee if he had time set aside to protect these relationships," according to the book.
After that, Christensen made sure he arrived to work two to three hours before his colleagues and didn't leave the office for lunch.
James Quigley is the Senior Partner with the Deloitte U.S. Member firm. Formally, he was the CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
Quigley was called to be a bishop in the Church, or rather a leader over a local congregation.
"A bishop can spend sixty hours a week on his church work and not complete it," Benedict said in the book. In the Church, a bishop is an unpaid clergyman.
Though he was a CEO at the time, Quigley told his partners he wouldn't be available from 10:00 P.M. Friday until 5:00 A.M. Monday. By doing so, he could devote his time to being a bishop, according to the book.
Kevin Rollins was the former CEO of Dell.
Despite worldwide business trips, Rollins made sure his children never felt like they were missing their father.
One time, Rollins was in Asia, while his son was struggling in math. Rollins got up at 4:00 A.M. his time, to make sure he was helping his son with homework during his son's regular homework hour, according to the book.
David Neeleman is founder and CEO of JetBlue Airways.
"Sometimes in the business climate it is easy to get things backward and start thinking that business is more important than the family," said Neeleman in the book.
Though CEO, Neeleman can be found either doing chores around the house or with his daughters doing dishes. Even though it's not his favorite thing to do, he does it out of respect and love for his family.
Dave Checketts was formerly the CEO of Madison Square Garden, and president for the Knicks. He also formed the company SCP Worldwide, which bought the MLS team, Real Salt Lake, according to The New York Times.
Checketts is now chairman and chief executive of Legends Hospitality Management, according to the article.
Despite working 15- to 18-hour days for six days a week, family is still first for Checketts, according to the book.
"If my children call me during the day and leave a message, I return those calls first, not last," he said in "The Mormon Way of Doing Business."
Gary Crittenden is CEO of Huntsman Gay Global Capital, a private equity firm. Previously he was the CFO of American Express, Sears, Citigroup, and Roebuck & Co, according to
Crittenden made sure he ran his business with honesty.
"I always say: 'If you ever see anything that's questionable, you need to raise it often enough and with enough people until you are absolutely satisfied you have the right answer,'" said Crittenden in the book. "That's just a hallmark. I don't mean to be Pollyannaish about it. That's just the way it is. We always ask the question in the first instance: 'What's the right thing to do?"
Rod Hawes is the founder and former CEO of Life Re Corporation, an insurance company that spans worldwide, according to the book.
For Hawes and his wife Beverly Hawes, they made sure they had a system that worked best for their family.
"The whole key is being happily married," she said. "If you are happy in the partnership you can do anything and make life more productive on many fronts."
Rod would work hard at his career, and Beverly would work hard in raising children "who have a strong sense of self-confidence and self-worth," according to the book.
Kim Clark was former dean of the Harvard Business School. Currently he is president of Brigham Young University-Idaho.
For the eight businessmen in the book, making time to read the Bible and Book of Mormon daily is an important part of their day.
For Clark, he has never missed a day of reading since he was 19 years old. Every day he'll read thirty minutes to an hour.
"the teachings of these books have a direct influence on the way he treats the people who work for him and the way he approaches his position and responsibilities..." Benedict said in "The Mormon Way of Doing Business."