Recently, my husband I were on vacation. We went on a wonderful cruise to the Western Caribbean. My husband and I love to cruise.
Why? Because it gives us an opportunity to unplug and spend time reconnecting with each other.
My husband and I are like many other couples we know. We both have very demanding jobs, both working more than 50-60 hours per week. In addition, we both are presidents of professional associations, serve in ministry at our church, and attend a weekly bible study. In my spare time, I speak professionally on the topics of leadership, success, influence, communications and personal growth. I also teach workshops and coach leaders.
We are extremely busy and our calendars drive our day. As an educational leader, I spend a lot of evenings at different school events. My schedule is the topic of the day in our house. Every morning my husband asks me “if I will be home tonight.” What my husband really wants to know is what time will I come home…
After I finished my dissertation, I told my husband “I need a vacation!” He reminded me we had several short trips planned for the summer, including celebrating our daughter’s graduation, my graduation and attending my family reunion. I acknowledged his point and countered with “I need a real vacation.” So my wonderful husband said “okay.”
I love traveling to beautiful places and experiencing different cultures. Our vacation was a great opportunity for us to get away from our daily work and spend quality time together. We turned off our phones, unplugged our iPads, and spent a relaxing week eating, sleeping, laughing, loving and thinking.
As leaders, we cannot give what we do not have. If our batteries are low, we cannot perform at a high level. Therefore, we must recharge in order to achieve high levels of success.
So why should leaders take a vacation? Let me give you three reasons:
- Resting, relaxing, recuperating, regenerating and rejuvenating
- Unplugging and reconnecting with family
- Having fun!
Whether your vacation is on an exotic beach or a staycation in your local community, leaders should take a vacation!
Tell me, when will you take your next vacation?
Dr. Kim Moore
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