How Leaders Take Time Off

August 29, 2016 - 3 minutes read

When is the last time you took time off?

Taking time off as a leader seems like an impossibility. With a busy team, lots of responsibility, and having everyone depend on you, it’s tough to step out of the office. Although it may seem like an impossibility, taking time off as a leader is necessary. Not only to clear your mind and recharge, but to make time for yourself in order to be the best leader you can be. To help get the time off you deserve, here’s how leaders take time off.

Take Time Off Regularly

In order to keep yourself refreshed and the team accustomed to you being out of the office, take time off regularly. This could mean something as simple as taking weekends off or taking one week a month off for yourself. Mark this time off in your calendar well ahead of schedule and let both your team and your clients know when you’ll be out.

Empower Your Team To Make Decisions

If all decisions start and end with you as a leader, you’re setting both yourself and your team up for failure. Strong leaders educate their teams and empower them to make their own decisions. By providing guidelines and expectations, you as a leader are giving your team the direction they need to do their job on their own. This includes making sound decisions that can be made with the team’s best interest in mind.

Prepare Ahead Of Time

In order to get that well-deserved time away from the office, it may require some extra effort on your part. Take time to prepare and inform your team of any important tasks that are scheduled to be completed while away. Don’t schedule anything that relies on your attendance while you’re out and outline any important details that relate to deliverables. If possible, delay any major deliverables until you get back.

Define Emergency

Emergency means many things to many people. Your organization should have a clear definition of what an emergency is so that all team members know what is critical and what is not. Clients who are upset or unexpected items that come up tend to be labeled as emergencies when in reality, they are not. Let your team know what an emergency is, give them the tools and guidance to address in your absence, and if the item is an emergency, let someone on the team know how to contact you.

What are you doing as a leader to take time off and rejuvenate? Have you considered consulting a business coach to help you define what a true emergency means to your organization? Let us know in the comments below.