November 30, 2021

Leadership Lessons from Aruba


This is Dr. Kim Moore, and I am on vacation. Now, I know you’re wondering, why am I putting a video together of me on vacation? That’s because I believe leaders need to take a vacation. Why? Because self-care is important, and there are always leadership lessons to be learned no matter where you are, no matter what you are doing.

So, as you’re going to learn in this blog, I’m going to share some leadership lessons from Aruba. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the sunset with all of my friends as we tour Aruba.

So why should leaders take a vacation? Because it’s important for your self-care. So let me share a leadership tip with you around how to take a great vacation.

First and foremost, you want to go someplace that you enjoy. So it doesn’t matter, what you like, it is about what you want to do. But here is the key to having a great vacation, especially as a leader. It’s making sure you have enough time to completely unplug. And so, therefore, you can relax and rejuvenate.

Brain research shows that you need a minimum of three to four days before your brain really shuts down and transitions to being relaxed. Now I know you’re wondering why is that the case? Well, because think about it, most of us work a five-day workweek, right? And you may have Saturday and Sunday off. But, your brain is still working because you’re still doing work.

It takes your brain at least three days before it begins to think, “I’m not at work. There’s something different.” So, you want to make sure that you have at least four days after that, so your brain has time for it to relax; therefore, your body will relax.

You want at least seven days, at a minimum, for your vacation. Three to four days in the front to unplug, or three to four days upfront, and then plug back in. It’s up to you. But always remember it takes the brain three to four days to relax.

There’s your leadership tip for today. Thank you for joining me from Aruba.

Are you taking care of yourself with a vacation?


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  • I have never really thought about this topic other than knowing that vacations are good to take as part of a holistic life approach. It is good to hear some parameters around vacation timeframes and rational. I continue to look forward to your insights on this topic. Thank you and enjoy!

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