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Summer Vacations Don't Have To Slow Down Your Leadership

07/05/2023 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Summer vacations are a much-needed respite from our daily routines. But for leaders, the prospect of a vacation can be more stressful than relaxing. You need to plan how you'll keep up with your team's needs while away - and that can feel like too much pressure on top of all the other things you have going on in life. What if we told you there are ways to ensure your summer vacation doesn't hinder your leadership abilities? We'll show you how below!

You can take a summer vacation and still be a leader.

Leadership is a mindset, a skill, and a decision. You choose to do it because it's the right thing to do.

Leadership is not only reserved for those who have been promoted or selected by others in their organization as leaders; it's something we all have the ability to be if we want it bad enough. Leadership comes from within each person who has chosen this path in life--and no one can take away that choice from you unless you give up on yourself first!

The summer vacation season provides us with an opportunity for rest and relaxation but also gives us time away from our daily routines so we can reflect on where we've been and where we want our lives (and careers) to go next year when school starts again: Do I still want my current job? What else could I learn about myself? How can I improve as an employee/leader? What kind of leader do I want my team members to know me as?

Leaders are always on the job.

It's easy to think that leaders are only in charge of their employees' work, but they also have an important role to play in how those employees behave. Your job as a leader is not just about getting things done but also about making sure everyone on your team feels comfortable and supported by the environment you create.

Leaders need vacations too! But if you're going away this summer, ensure it doesn't come at the expense of your team members' well-being or morale--or worse yet, their performance at work while you're gone.

You can still be loyal to your team when you're on vacation.

You can still be loyal to your team when you're on vacation.

  • Be available to your team. If there's an emergency and someone needs help, it's important that you know about it. Even if it means waking up at 5 am (or earlier), ensure your phone is charged and turned on so that no important messages slip through the cracks while you're away from work.

  • Help out in an emergency if needed--but remember: do not take over! When someone reaches out for guidance or assistance, provide them with as much information as possible without taking over their responsibilities. You want to give them room to grow and learn by themselves; otherwise, they may never develop into competent leaders themselves someday!

Start by defining what you'll be doing as a leader in advance.

Before you start your vacation, take some time to think about what you will be doing as a leader. Think about how much time you want to spend on each task and what resources are needed for each task.

Once you've defined these things, it's easier for people in the organization to know what they need to do when things come up while you're gone.

Have a "turn-off" time planned for each day.

In addition to making time for relaxation, it's important to plan how you will spend that time. For example, if you're going on vacation with your family and want to spend some time relaxing in nature, make sure everyone knows their options so they can avoid feeling like they have no choice but to sit in front of a screen all day.

If the weather isn't cooperating with your plans or if there aren't any activities nearby that interest everyone, consider playing board games or doing puzzles together instead--or even just reading books!

Pay attention to yourself - don't neglect your own health and needs.

Summer is a great time to slow down and enjoy yourself. Take some time off, go for a walk, or sit on the beach. Listen to music you enjoy, do something that makes you happy, and have a good meal with friends or family. Relax with a good book if you're not feeling up for it!

Summer vacations don't have to keep you from acting like a leader at work, but they may require some planning to succeed at work while relaxing.

Summer vacations don't have to keep you from acting like a leader at work, but they may require some planning to succeed at work while relaxing.

Leaders are always on the job. That means that even when they're on vacation, they're still responsible for their teams and their projects--and they should expect the same level of performance from their team members while they're away.

So how can you lead effectively when you're not there? Start by defining what you'll be doing as a leader in advance: Will someone else be filling in for you, or should everyone pitch in? Decide which tasks need your attention first, then delegate them accordingly (or ask others for help). If possible, set up meetings before leaving so that everyone knows what's going on when he or she returns from vacation--this will also give those who aren't coming back until later enough to get up-to-speed before jumping into action again!

Conclusion

We hope you're inspired to take a summer vacation and remain a leader! If you follow the steps we outlined above, it should be easy for you to do so. Remember that no matter what kind of work environment you're in, there will always be leadership opportunities--even if that means being there for your coworkers when they need help or support.

Women in LeadershipGreat Lakes Bay Region

PO Box 6717
Saginaw, MI 48608

wilteam@wilgreatlakesbay.org

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