By Pia Lee, CEO, LIW

Talking with one of my coaching clients, we arrived at a stark conclusion. Being so busy at work can make you too busy to take a much-needed break.

An addictive diet of task completion creates a muddled perception that we must keep going. Would we go cold turkey if we suddenly stopped, weren’t there or missed a diving catch?

The new ailment of ‘corporate busyness’ clouds our judgement, sometimes obscuring what’s really important. According to Forbes the workplace benefits of employees taking vacation time include productivity, morale, employee retention and significant health benefits.

What does this mean for leadership?

Loosen the bowtie: your leadership is about creating the conditions for others to succeed, especially if you’re not there.

I’m ‘drinking my own champagne’ heading to Lapland to visit Santa.  I’ll be back in 2017 – Merry Christmas!