Why It’s Critical For Owners to Take Vacations

Sep 20, 2021 | Growth Tips, Leadership

It’s critical for owners to take vacations or risk dis-empowering their people.

I polled over 200 entrepreneurs and leaders on their vacation habit, and the results were startling (see results below).

The last thing a dynamic and ambitious employee wants is to work for an owner who doesn’t trust the team’s leadership to run the ship without them.

Yet according to my poll results, over 50% of owners (with some senior leaders mixed in the poll results) take just 2 weeks or less vacation. Some owners see this as courageous or heroic, or due to a lack of manpower. It’s also due a lack of foresight, good systems, and trust to let your people grow and make mistakes.

Mistakes are crucial to growth.

When you leave your company in the hands of your leaders, you get to test out your business systems to see how well it runs, purposely letting mistakes happen.

Don’t call in, let them handle it. That’s when true growth, empowerment, and employee happiness takes place.

When you return, the worst mistakes can be analyzed, systems improved, and organizational weaknesses corrected.

Just don’t be a “Monday morning quarterback.” Second guessing will kill the fire.

It’s critical for owners to take vacations or risk dis-empowering their people. I polled over 200 entrepreneurs and leaders on their vacation habit, and the results were startling. Share on X

Vacation is both restorative and strategic.

A full 1/3 of poll respondents take 3-5 week’s vacation, that’s great. It takes all that to test out and grow your company. Only 13% of respondents take 6 weeks or more vacation, these entrepreneurs are building a business that has both extrinsic and intrinsic value.

Your Challenge – Taking a vacation, even if you don’t want it.

Do you own a business of value, and enjoy a life with larger meaning?

Gaining the head space and physical distance from your company will allow your mind to wonder, ponder and dream the future.

Some of you enjoy working so much you don’t want to leave. That can backfire.

Some of you feel you simply can’t leave the business currently. If that is so, start talking out loud about your dream of the business running without you.

Tell your top employees and peers who can support it.

Engage the right people in your dream and it will become reality, I guarantee it.

If you want help with this journey, message me and we can talk about your growth and life goals.