You’ve raised a couple of excellent points with your article and, based on what I’ve read and observed, a real vacation is not taken by far too many leaders. The first point is the need to take a real holiday and the second is not allowing others to lead while your away, thinking of course that your indispensable. These are big mistakes for leaders to make.
Not taking a real vacation leads to inevitable burnout, not to mention, losing out on an excellent opportunity to spend quality interactive time with family and friends (something they will really appreciate). Not allowing others to lead while your away (or even when your not) is not conducive to promoting leadership growth within your team or office. Allowing others to lead, to stretch themselves, to grow makes your job easier and encourages your staff to reach outside their comfort zones and maybe even strive for a higher leadership position. After all, isn’t that what leadership succession is supposed to be about. What happens if you don’t come back to the office for some reason. Will things fall apart? Is anyone prepared to assume your position?
So, everyone, do as Vince says, if you haven’t taken a real vacation, you should; you owe it to yourself, your staff, your family and your friends. They payoffs will be many and everyone will benefit.
Bye for now and keep on leading!